Published Jun 3, 2022

Field day will explore pastured pigs and poultry – June 17, near Okoboji

By Tamsyn Jones


Tamsyn Jones | Editor & Outreach Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 32-5661 |

Okoboji, Iowa (June 3, 2022) — Kate Mendenhall, of Okoboji Organics, will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day exploring pastured pig and poultry production on Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on her farm near Okoboji, Iowa (22598 Nature Center Road).

The event – “Pastured Pigs and Poultry at Okoboji Organics” – is free to attend and will start off with a pulled pork lunch. RSVPs are appreciated for the meal by June 12. To sign up, visit the event page at or call Debra Boekholder at (515) 232-5661. The field day is sponsored by Iowa Organic Association, Premier 1 and Riverside Feeds, LLC.

Please note: Due to the presence of livestock on the farm, this field day is a biosecure event. Attendees must wear clean shoes or boots, as well as clean clothes, that have not been worn on other farms with livestock or livestock buildings, or around a dense population of wild birds. Read the full guidelines for attending PFI’s biosecure events on our website.

Okoboji Organics is a small family-run operation that was certified organic in 2019. During the field day, guests will get to tour Okoboji Organics’ pastures to visit pigs, chickens and turkeys; look at how the Mendenhalls process poultry on-farm for direct sales; and visit the farm store. Kate will also share her experience with organic feed and the organic certification process.

Full event details are available at

This event is part of Practical Farmers’ 2022 field day season, which includes 41 events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum. Attendees can expect a welcoming atmosphere, a spirit of curiosity, a culture of mutual respect and farmers openly sharing their knowledge and experience.

The full roster of events – along with additional information about PFI field day policies and logistics – is available at For questions, contact the PFI office at or (515) 232-5661.

Practical Farmers’ 2022 field days are supported by Level A sponsors Albert Lea Seed; BioTill Cover Crops; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; MOSA Certified Organic; Nori Carbon Removal; P&K Midwest; Sinclair Tractor; Sunderman Farm Management; and Van Wall Equipment.


About Practical Farmers: Practical Farmers of Iowa works to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities. Our values include: welcoming everyone; farmers leading the exchange of experience and knowledge; curiosity, creativity, collaboration and community; resilient farms now and for future generations; and stewardship of land and resources. To learn more, visit