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Martha McFarland joined PFI staff in 2022 as the farmland viability coordinator. In this role, she supports land seekers and landowners with land access and farm transition assistance and resources. Martha has been a farmer member of PFI since 2014.
Martha also runs Hawkeye Buffalo & Cattle Ranch near Fredericksburg, Iowa, where she manages grazing on woods and pasture, raises oats and hay and works with a tenant who raises corn and soybeans. Her experience with her farm’s transition and her love of the Iowa landscape inspired her to help the next generation of farmers and landowners.
Prior to running the ranch, Martha spent 10 years working in education and mentoring beginning teachers. Martha serves on the Minnesota Bison Association’s board of directors, is a member of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and is a mentor and facilitator for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. She holds a Master of Education from Colorado State University.
Martha also loves yoga, writing, early morning coffee on the back porch and traveling to the cities to explore new restaurants.