Keynote speaker Nicole Masters (left), an agroecologist from New Zealand, signs her book for conference coordinator Kathy Eastman.
PFI staff and conference attendees applaud Paul Mugge as prepares to accept PFI’s 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award.
AmeriCorps members Phoebe Eichhorst and Hannah Grosspietsch lead a PFI youth session about bees as pollinators and the important role they play on our planet.
David Brown, behavioral health state specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, speaks during his session about stress on the farm.
The annual potluck is always a well-attended and highly anticipated event – even during January blizzards! Our potluck this year moved to CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines, not far from the previous location.
Wilbur De La Rosa, of Main Street Project, speaks during his session about integrating poultry into perennial crop systems.
Two conference-goers brave the ice and snow as they make their way to the warm and welcoming Scheman Building.
Lee Tesdell (left) and John Whitaker are deep in conversation as they finish their lunch on Saturday.
Bridget Williams (right) converses with friends during a snack break at the conference.
Maryann Mathis (left) and Mary Cory laugh and converse during a mid-morning break.
Nicole Masters delivers her keynote address to a full house in Benton Auditorium about the Bottom-Line Benefits of Building Resilience.
Conference volunteers Patsy and Paul Carlson (left and center) have a chance to chat with other guests during the annual conference potluck.
Guests peruse the new silent auction special experiences proferred by members, which ranged from breadbaking and wild game cooking classes to a guided birdwatching walk, one-on-one agroforestry session and more.
Sarah Foltz Jordan (left), of Xerces Society, shows some insects to Terry Troxel at the society’s sponsor booth.
Sarah Nizzi (right) takes part in a small-group policy discussion for fruit and vegetable farmers.
Conference attendees visit the many sponsor booths in Scheman.
A group of farmers from Global Greens in Des Moines go through the lunch line and pile their plates with delicious food.
Paul Mugge delivers his acceptance speech after receiving PFI’s 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award.
Scott Koepke (left) and David Rosmann (right) take their turn in the Saturday All-Iowa lunch line. The meal is a highlight, featuring locally sourced or crafted items.
Eileen Fisher takes notes during Mark Quee and Sarah Foltz Jordan’s session on “The How and Why of On-Farm Pollinator Habitat.”
Faith Gilbert, of New York, talks about the rich tradition of cooperative and collaborative businesses in the food system.
Matt Scotton, physical therapist and athletic trainer, teaches attendees about the importance of physical strengthening and improving your health during this fun, interactive session.
Jennifer O’ Neal and her husband, Adam, discuss how they have scaled up their flower operation and added workshops and events to their farm in Winterset.
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