Published Dec 14, 2011

Inexpensive, but effective, season extension for local food production

By Luke Gran

Farmers Rob and Tammy Faux operate Genuine Faux Farm near Tripoli, IA

How can I produce more fruits and vegetables in a northern climate that shortens the growing season? What crops perform best into the cold late fall, and thrive in early spring? What mulches work best, what tools make the work more efficient?

On December 13th, a Farminar by Practical Farmers of Iowa was broadcast to more than 50 beginning farmers around Iowa and 25% were from across the nation. Growing more food for customers demanding local produce into the winter months takes some special practices. Rob Faux, farmer from Tripoli, IA (zone 4b) shares tips and tricks learned over years of season extension trials from Genuine Faux Farm.

Ellen farms near Harlan, IA and is beginning to produce vegetables for local markets.

Ellen Walsh-Rosmann leads with questions from a beginning horticulture farmer who wants to learn.

Listen to the 90 minute live Farminar at this link.

Fall Farminars continue Dec-20, and Dec-27, 2011.  Winter Farminars resume weekly on January 10 through March 13 with a week off on Valentine’s Day.

For more information on Farminars go to

Supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21843