Published Sep 2, 2022

Free gathering at Iowa Arboretum will feature Angela Tedesco’s new book about her pioneering CSA farm – Sept. 11, near Madrid

By Tamsyn Jones


Tamsyn Jones | Editor & Outreach Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 |

MADRID, Iowa (Sept. 2, 2022) — Practical Farmers of Iowa invites the public to a social event and celebration of PFI lifetime member Angela Tedesco’s newly published book, “Finding Turtle Farm,” on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens near Madrid (1875 Peach Ave.).

The event – “Book Publication Celebration and Member Social Featuring Angela Tedesco” – is being held in partnership with the Iowa Arboretum, and hosted by PFI lifetime member Nan Bonfils. The event is free and will include light refreshments. Sign up online, or call Debra Boekholder at (515) 232-5661.

Angela is a retired vegetable CSA farmer who owned and operated Turtle Farm near Granger, Iowa, for 17 years. As one of the first vegetable CSAs in Iowa, she was a pioneer and mentor to many.

In her new book, “Finding Turtle Farm,” Angela recounts the adventure of starting her farm in 1995, and the “down-and-dirty work and wonder” of introducing Community Supported Agriculture to Iowans.

During the social gathering, Angela will discuss the book and read excerpts, and guests will have a chance to participate in a Q&A with Angela. After the program, attendees are welcome to explore the arboretum free of charge.

Full event details are available at

This event is part of PFI’s 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.


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