Published Sep 16, 2022

Global Greens Farm field day will explore urban farming, growing cultural vegetables – Sept. 25, in West Des Moines

By Tamsyn Jones


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

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 16, 2022) — Marie Andre and Tika Bhandari, of Global Greens Farm and Lutheran Services in Iowa, will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day exploring how they are raising vegetables from their native countries on small urban plots on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m., at Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines (4444 Fuller Road).

The event – “Growing Cultural Vegetables on Small Urban Plots With Cover Crops” – is free to attend and will end with a potluck meal. Global Greens farmers will provide the main dishes. Guests are asked to please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Sign up online, or call Debra Boekholder at (515) 232-5661.

Location note: Please park in the parking lot of the Valley Community Center off Fuller Road. Once parked, follow the field day signs to join the group near the barn on the south side of the property.

Global Greens is an 8.5-acre urban incubator farm program run by Lutheran Services in Iowa. The program connects former refugee farmers with land access, business development assistance and technical support.

At the field day, join Marie and Tika as they each share how they use cover crops in small vegetable plots and produce vegetables from their native countries. Attendees will have a chance to see and discuss


  • urban farming
  • cover crops on small plots
  • cultural vegetable production
  • farm machinery for small urban plots
  • the basics of incubator farms

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.


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