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Natasha Hegmann joined Practical Farmers of Iowa as the senior horticulture and local foods coordinator in June 2023. In this role, she develops partnerships and supports farmers to grow PFI’s local foods viability programs.
Natasha also runs Turkey River Farm near her hometown of Elkader, Iowa, where she and her husband grow vegetables for their 100-member CSA. Before starting her farm in 2015, Natasha served with FoodCorps in rural Montana and then managed vegetable production for the University of Montana Dining Services. Her experience with farm-to-school programming and building a farm business inspires her to imagine a future for rural Iowa with more table-food producers, stable local markets for crops and fresh foods in school cafeterias.
Natasha serves on the Clayton County Conservation Board and is caretaker of the Deep Mountain Retreat Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Olaf College. In her free time, Natasha enjoys hiking, taking on ambitious cooking projects, sharing farm life with her son and plotting their family’s next travel adventures.