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Who are the decision-makers on your farm? How well do you communicate with them? What is the biggest challenge you face on your farm? What is the root cause of that problem? Is there an issue causing a “log jam” to your farm’s success? How much profit are you planning to make on your farm? […]

March 1, 2017 

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Today I’d like to introduce you to two farmers: Jenny Quiner and Dusty Farnsworth. Jenny runs a ¼ acre urban vegetable farm in Des Moines while Dusty farms several hundred acres of organic and conventional row crops with integrated hogs and cattle. What do these two have in common besides their membership in Practical Farmers […]

 

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Since joining Practical Farmers of Iowa in 1999, Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf have participated in 15 on-farm research trials. The importance of on-farm research for farm profitability was the center feature of their field day on August 14 in Kanahwa. Said Jan, “Partnerships we’ve found through PFI have a lot to do with the success we’ve […]

September 15, 2016 

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Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]

August 2, 2016 

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Leroy and Marlene Zimmerman moved to Iowa from Pennsylvania to escape escalating land prices, and now raise strawberries, blueberries, sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, hoophouse tomatoes, and a few other vegetables. As brand new members of Practical Farmers, they hosted a wonderful field day at their farm near Orchard, Ia, in collaboration with Leroy’s brother, […]

July 5, 2016 

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Walk-in Cooler Considerations and ConstructionFebruary 24, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded Ensuring the fruits and vegetables produced by your farm make it to the consumer in the best possible condition requires proper storage between harvest and delivery. Tim Landgraf from One Step at a Time Gardens will discuss the three types of walk-in coolers he has [...]

February 24, 2016 

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Practical Farmers CSA Workshop Retreat, February 5 – 6, at the Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour. Attendees will be divided into an “Experienced” group (at least three years experience managing a CSA) and an “Exploratory” group (those in their first years or new to CSA management).

December 28, 2015 

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For the past several years, roller-crimping a cereal rye cover crop before a summer vegetable cash crop has been attracting interests as a research topic at the Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperators’ Meeting. A roller-crimper is a specialized tool designed by the Rodale Institute that, once the cover crop nearly reaches physiological maturity, simultaneously terminates a living cover crop and converts it to a […]

December 1, 2015 

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Laura Krouse has been farming at Abbe Hills Farm since 1988, and for the last 20 years has run a CSA with twice-weekly pickup at her farm for 200 families. Her field day was a tour through her fall crop fields, where she grows a variety of kale, arugula, bok choy, lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash, […]

November 13, 2015 

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Growing fall crops without a high tunnel is focus of Abbe Hills Farm field day – Oct. 18, Mount VernonFor Release: October 9, 2015 Download PDF (109 kB) MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Beginning farmers looking to start a vegetable operation are often advised to install a high tunnel. As a result, many believe the cost [...]

October 9, 2015 

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