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This week on On-Farm we talk with T.D. Holub of Garden Oasis Farm in eastern Iowa about machinery for vegetable farming and his upcoming field day.

May 18, 2017 


“On-Farm: Conversations with Practical Farmers” is a new podcast from Practical Farmers of Iowa. Each week, I’ll interview a different farmer. We’ll hear from new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We’ll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of […]

May 11, 2017 


Way up in the corner of the state, and way, way up on the top of a hill, you’ll find Erik Sessions’ Patchwork Green Farm. On a soggy, September Sunday when parts of eastern Iowa were dealing with rising flood waters, sixty people sought higher ground by joining Erik and his wife, Sara Peterson, to […]

October 12, 2016 


Five farmers compared two bell pepper varieties, Olympus and Revolution, to determine which produces better in Iowa’s climate. Each farm planted four randomized pairs of research plots, each pair with 10-20 plants of each variety.

December 21, 2015 


The next stop for the PFI Thermal Camera was Botna Burrow, a vegetable farm near Hancock. Tyler Magnuson used the camera to see where they were losing heat from their house, and determine where the highest rates of heat exchange were happening in their walk-in cooler. To do that, he looked at the inside and outside […]

October 19, 2015 


Enthusiasm for local fruits and vegetables continues to grow among consumers, the media, and farmers. Little attention has been paid to the bottom line of the local foods movement: How does a beginning farmer build a successful business? Are Iowa fruits and vegetable farms currently making a profit? Can a farm generate profit raising only fruits and vegetables? What do successful fruit and vegetable […]

September 28, 2015 


How many field days greet you with a bluegrass band? When you nest a PFI field day within a Farm Cruise, some unexpected things can happen! 30 people came out to TableTop Farm to see the compost heat extraction system and hear how it integrates with the farm’s high tunnel production and compost process. Sally Gran, […]

October 2, 2014 


Like all good PFI field days, rain threatened, the microphone squawked, and the food was amazing (local bison burgers grilled by Mustafa Hammouda of Relish, in Grinnell, IA). Unlike any other PFI field day I’ve attended, Red Earth Gardens is truly integrated into a community project, the Local Food Sovereignty Initiative of the Meskawki Nation. The Sac and […]

September 30, 2014 


I was sitting here brainstorming how I could convey the energy and focus of the CSA Mini-school to the dear, PFI blog-reading faithful, when a super-charged email landed in my inbox. Julia Slocum runs Lacewing Acres, and is gearing up for her second season as a CSA farmer. Her email to CSA members (below) captured […]

December 31, 2013