Parker is a graduate student at Colorado State University and grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa. Parker is interested in how the combination of changing economic, societal, and climate conditions influence farmers’ behavior as it pertains to conservation practices. His current work focuses on cover crop adoption in the state of Iowa.
Mollie is a licensed realtor, accredited land manager and sustainability director with Peoples Company. Mollie manages and consults on farms across Iowa and oversees sustainability initiatives within Peoples Company, with a particular focus on in-field and edge-of-field conservation.
Pete farms with his family near Rippey, Iowa, growing corn, soybeans and pigs. The family converted to 100% strip-till in 1999 and began cover cropping in 2012, with a focus on maintaining nutrients. The Bardoles custom-seed more than 5,000 acres of cover crops, and provide custom spraying and strip-tilling services.
Jill runs Blue Gate Farm with her husband, Sean Skeehan. They steward 40 acres of family land in southern Marion County, Iowa, where they raise Certified Naturally Grown produce, laying hens, hay and alpacas, marketing through CSA and the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Des Moines.
Oscar is the inventor of Nofence, the virtual fencing technology for cattle, sheep and goats. He grew up in the bottom of a fjord, in the remote parts of Norway. There, the idea of grazing animals on pasture, but without fencing, was conceived. Oscar wants to make it perfectly common that grazing animals are on pasture, rather than in buildings or feedlots. Based upon this idea, he founded the tech startup Nofence, with a product that is said to mean just as much to farming as the tractor once did.
Hans and his family have farmed PrairiErth Farm’s 300 acres for about 30 years. Located in the center of Illinois about 160 miles from downtown Chicago, the Bishops operate a diversified farm and raise a “bit of about everything.” Today, Hans and Katie manage most of the farm’s operations, including 35 acres of organic vegetables and 200 acres of organic soybeans, corn, wheat and oats.
Katie left her corporate job of 18 years to farm full-time with her family. Together, Hans and Katie run the vegetable and grain operations. Katie is responsible for marketing, administration, operations management and post-harvest handling. She also manages the CSA, farmers market, wholesale accounts and community outreach programs.
Jacob lives with his wife, Lindsay, and their four children on an acreage outside of Hubbard, Iowa. Last year, the couple used PFI’s Find-A-Farmer program to rent their first farm. Jacob and Lindsay maintain full-time careers, are actively engaged with Lindsay’s family farm in Hardin and Wright counties.
Monte is a fifth-generation Illinois farmer who owns and operates Bottens Family Farm and Grateful Graze. He is also the founder and CEO of Ag Solutions Network, Inc. Monte puts soil health principles into practice with a systems approach that includes agricultural innovations in precision farming technology, biologically based crop nutrition programs and integrating diverse crops with grass-fed livestock.
Becca works as the country manager for KWS Cereals and has a passion for promoting and educating others about improving agricultural production practices. Her background includes a doctorate in animal sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a masters degree from Iowa State University. Her current work focuses on expanding small grains production and use across North America with a focus on hybrid rye and its role in livestock diets. She currently lives in Greencastle, Indiana, with her husband, where they farm and raise show pigs.
Hannah has been farming since 2009 and started Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, in 2013. In 2018, Emily Fagan joined as a partner. The farm sells primarily at farmers markets and through a CSA. Hannah and Emily are developing a perennial polyculture system and incorporating livestock.
David is a licensed marital and family therapist who currently serves as the behavioral health state specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach. His key programs and grant work focus on farm stress management, mental health literacy and suicide prevention.
Reid is a beginning farmer interested in regenerative practices and perennial polyculture systems. For the past six years, he has designed and grown a food forest garden in the Ames, Iowa community gardens. Now, he is implementing the same principles at a larger scale on a 50-acre site in south-central Iowa.
DaQuay is a beginning farmer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After participating in PFI’s Labor4Learning program in 2020 and raising pastured pigs on his own this year, he is now navigating the challenge of accessing farmland.
Will and his wife, Cassie, farm 1,400 acres of strip-till corn and no-till soybeans near Prairie City, Iowa. They’ve recently begun experimenting with growing small grains for seed production. Will cover crops extensively and has seen success planting corn into living covers.
Margarets’ degrees and experience span ruminant nutrition, pasture management and water and soil conservation, having served as PFI’s livestock coordinator, a Kansas county extension agent and as an occasional consultant for other ag programs. She and her husband own Storm Dancer Farm near Kansas City, Missouri, raising pastured livestock and brush grazing with Goats On The Go.
Amy is the Little Sioux project director for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa. She is an ecologist who works to restore and protect native ecosystems in the Little Sioux watershed. Amy regularly works with producers to implement conservation grazing activities that benefit native landscapes.
Brian is a field agricultural engineer for ISU Extension and Outreach, focusing on cover crops, manure management and the effects of cropping systems on soil health and water quality. Before obtaining a masters degree in agricultural engineering, Brian co-owned and operated a dairy farm near Waukon, Iowa.
Jean hails from Hamilton County, Iowa, where she owns farmland with her siblings. Jean has experience working with farmers and landowners to implement conservation practices and has conducted research on conservation information delivery to women landowners. She owns and operates E Resources Group, a consulting firm focused on non-formal adult education, outreach and program evaluation.
Heidi (she/her) of Radicle Heart Farm raises 100% grass-fed lamb and mutton and pastured, organically fed chicken near Spring Grove, Minnesota. Her favorite thing about farming is working to manage her animals in ways that improve the health of the ecosystem.
Emily farms at Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, with her cousin, Hannah Breckbill. The 2-acre organic vegetable farm sells to local restaurants, farmers markets and through a CSA. Emily is also a participant in PFI’s Savings Incentive Program.
Brian grows corn, soybeans and hay in Atlantic, Iowa with his wife and kids. Six years ago, Brian started planting cover crops and in the third year, he started planting green. Cover crops are an important practice for building soil health on Brian’s operation.
Rob and his wife, Tammy, operate Genuine Faux Farm, a CSA, produce and poultry operation near Tripoli, Iowa. Since launching the farm in 2005, Rob has been an inquisitive farmer, testing products and concepts on his own and through PFI’s Cooperators’ Program.
Dan is the commercial vegetable and specialty crop specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Prior to this role, Dan spent more than 12 years managing vegetable farms in Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. He brings a wealth of practical knowledge and vision to commercial horticulture in Iowa.
Tom and his wife, Irene, farm on 320 certified organic acres north of New Hampton, Iowa. They raise corn, soybeans, winter annual hybrid rye, small grains, hay and pasture, as well as 40 brood cows and 40 brood sows that they farrow-to-finish. Hybrid rye has become a staple in the rotation and as both pig and cattle rations.
Eleazar nació en México, donde de niño se dedicó a la agricultura y la ganadería. Su formación académica incluye una licenciatura en ingeniería en agronomía, una maestría en ciencias en economía agrícola y agroindustria, y tambien un doctorado en sociología rural. Ha trabajando en varios programas enfocados en desarrollar las capacidades de los pequeños y medianos agricultores mediante la mejora de sus conocimientos sobre sostenibilidad e inspirando el éxito en sus iniciativas de agronegocios.
Eleazar was born in Mexico, where as a child he was involved in farming and ranching. His academic background includes a bachelors degree in agronomy engineering, masters degrees in agricultural economics and agribusiness and a doctorate in rural sociology. He has worked on programs focused on building the capacities of small- and medium-scale farmers by enhancing their knowledge of sustainability and inspiring success in their agribusiness initiatives.
Anna farms on the 120-acre farm that her husband, Dave, grew up on near Iowa City, Iowa. The Geyers have developed the farm for their community. In addition to raising traditional row crops, hay and grass-fed beef, Anna has created agritourism enterprises that include Geyer’s Oven, Crust & Crumb; Anna’s Cutting Garden; and Land Alliance Folk School and Retreat Center.
Jason is the executive director of Iowa Valley RC&D, where he works with Iowa farmers and businesses as a value chain coordinator, connecting producers to each other and to viable markets. He also cultivates relationships within the food system. He uses this perspective as a third-generation farmer as he manages his own farm business of marketing specialty crops across Iowa.
Blake is the sixth generation to farm on Hansen’s Dairy, his family’s 150-year-old dairy farm near Hudson, Iowa. Blake cares for the 300-cow Holstein herd while his wife, Jordan, manages bookkeeping, marketing and farm tours. Blake also manages the farm’s Holstein-Wagyu beef herd. Beef and milk, processed in the on-farm creamery, are sold in their own retail stores and other grocery stores, restaurants and care facilities in eastern Iowa.
Robin has been farming with her husband for over 20 years and is a mother of four. The Hansens grow corn and soybeans, raise a cow-calf herd and have a repair shop and trucking company near Baxter, Iowa. They have been planting cover crops since 2010, with a mission of preserving their land for the future.
Chad and his wife, Katie, own and operate Big Creek Farms near Lamoni, Iowa. With a diversified fruit, vegetable and livestock operation, Chad has experience using working lands programs including EQIP and CSP to implement conservation practices and improve his operation.
Paul farms with his family in LaSalle County, Illinois, where he has raised certified organic crops since 2014. Winifred Hoffman (Paul’s mother) maintains a grass-fed, dual-purpose cattle herd and genetics business that works symbiotically to allow extended rotations for the organic row crop system. Additionally, Paul’s wife, Trisha, and their children help maintain a small grass-fed hair sheep flock.
Mike is a third-generation farmer who raises corn and soybeans, manages a cow-calf herd and a small feedlot, and operates a private-label retail meat company near Scranton, Iowa. He earned a bachelors degree in finance from Creighton University in 1980. Mike started cover cropping eight years ago and now covers 40% of his acres.
Laura has served as director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at University of Northern Iowa since 2013. She received a bachelors degree in biology from Grinnell College, and a doctorate in plant ecology from Cornell University. Laura has been a UNI biology faculty member since 1993, teaching courses in conservation biology, applied ecology and environmental studies. Her research has focused on the restoration of biological diversity in agriculture landscapes, and the dynamics of seeds and seedling establishment in tallgrass prairie restoration. She is also co-editor, with Dana Jackson, of the book “The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems.”
Paul is an extension engineer with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is an expert on no-till planting equipment and system management to build soil. Paul has his bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural engineering and has evaluated planting equipment and tillage systems since 1978.
Cliff farms 2,000 organic acres and grazes 120 cow-calf pairs near Paynesville, Minnesota, with his dad and brother. The Johnsons raise corn, soybeans, oats and rye. They have experience using compost tea and have been roller crimping for seven years.
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Carolyn is the chief agronomist with Continuum Ag, where she helps farmers implement soil health practices. Carolyn grew up on a farm in western Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University, where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree, also in Agronomy.
Lance is a regenerative agriculture advocate enthusiastically working alongside farmers to implement soil health principles on their farms. He and his wife, Chrissy, and their five children direct-market and custom-graze heifers, goats and hogs on their farm, Heart & Soil Ridge, near Dakota, Minnesota.
Omar de Kok-Mercado
Omar is reconstructing degraded oak savannas, prairies and pastures at Grassbelly Farmstead, near Pilot Mound, Iowa, using rotationally grazed goats and sheep, fire and mechanical thinning. His expertise in agroecology, soil microbiology and native perennials informs his land management techniques. He and his wife, Meghan Filbert, manage their farm for abundant wildlife, clean water and healthy soils.
Kennady Lilly and MJ Noethe
Kennady and MJ co-own RadiateDSM, an urban farm that seeks to grow food to nourish the community in the River Bend neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa. RadiateDSM partners with Sweet Tooth Farm through a partnership called Rooted Farm Collective to grow as much food in urban spaces as possible to feed the people who live there.
Andy farms near Easton, Minnesota, raising no-till soybeans, strip- and no-till corn, oats, canning crops and hay. He first seeded covers in 2014, and in 2016 decided to quit tilling and cover every acre. Andy also runs a cover crop business selling seed and doing high-clearance application in standing crops.
Bailey (they/them) is a young farmer motivated by right relationship with land and food ecosystems that work for all who has tended a herd of Kiko and Spanish goats for three years, and has also dabbled in pastured poultry. Bailey is exploring using their goats in a silvopasture system with multiple potential benefits for livestock, habitat and wildlife.
Karen and Tom Maanum
Karen and Tom raise corn and soybeans near Graceville, Minnesota. About 10 years ago their two sons, Sam and Charlie, started a livestock partnership and more recently began a small cow-calf herd. Their daughter, Marlie, is studying Physical Therapy. Karen and Tom are working through the process of transitioning the farm to their two sons.
Eric farms with his family near Audubon in west-central Iowa. The Madsen family is working to fully transition their corn, soybeans, oats, wheat and hay to organic production. Eric is also an organic and non-GMO seed salesperson.
Jason Mauck is the CEO of Munsee Meats, a meat retailer providing beef, bison, pork, lamb, poultry and seafood directly to consumers and commercial clients. He strives to combine tradition with technology for a true farm-to-table experience. He also grows corn, soybeans, wheat and wean-to-finish pigs near Gaston, Indiana, and focuses on creative problem-solving and economic advantage to drive his farm forward.
Ruth is a certified professional agronomist, an Iowa certified crop advisor and a conservation agronomist with Heartland Cooperative. She works directly with farmers to implement in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices to benefit soil health, water quality and wildlife.
Marshall works as an assistant agronomy professor at ISU. His background includes a doctorate in soil science and biogeochemistry from Penn State University and a masters degree in natural resources and the environment from University of Illinois. His research focuses on the interactions between soils and plants and how humans can interfere with or enhance these interactions.
Maggie and her husband, Steve Turman, moved in 2021 to the farm where she grew up near Red Oak, Iowa. Since then, they have worked closely with their farm operators to incorporate conservation practices. Maggie and Steve were PFI’s 2018 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients.
Amber farms with her family at Fork Tail Farm, a vegetable, fruit and poultry farm near Avoca, Iowa. Amber also serves as project director of Avoca Main Street, whose mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the downtown district as an economic, cultural and social center of the community.
As a curator of historical collections, Doris discovers, borrows and collects vintage artifacts; researches the stories they tell; and develops engaging exhibits for small museums, libraries and public spaces. She is known as a homespun humorist presenting her laugh-and-learn sessions on “The History of Ordinary Things,” which is also the name of her venture. Doris writes monthly columns on random ordinary things for senior magazines, including Mature Focus and 50plus LIFE. Her goal: to make history fun.
Hilda cría aves de corral de múltiples especies con gallinas y emús. Criada Origineria de México, Hilda dirige su pasión y conexión con la tierra a su granja de tres acres en Fremont, Nebraska. La esperanza y meta de Hilda es de continuar diversificando su finca agregando árboles frutales.
Hilda raises a multi-species poultry flock with chickens and emus. Raised in Mexico, Hilda carries her passion for and connection with the land to her 3-acre farm in Fremont, Nebraska. Hilda’s hope is to continue diversifying her farm by adding fruit trees.
Paul, a lifelong environmentalist, lives in Sutherland, Iowa, with his wife, Karen. On their farm, they raise corn, soybeans and small grains, and dedicate portions to pollinator and wildlife habitat. The Mugges have been growing organic crops for nearly 20 years.
Katherine is a researcher with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service investigating the benefits of diversified crop rotations and cover crops. She started studying nitrogen fixation in legumes in 2013 while working toward her doctorate at the University of Minnesota, and has continued with research on nitrogen fixation traits in green manures in a postdoctoral position at Cornell University.
Danelle is the fifth generation to farm her family’s land near Logan, Iowa. At One Farm, Danelle raises vegetables for farmers markets, pop-up farm stands, online ordering, restaurants and wholesalers in Omaha and Des Moines. In November 2020, she opened a pop-up farm store in downtown Logan, population 1,400.
Andrew is an organic farmer in Sac County, Iowa. He raises corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. Andrew certified his first farm in 2015 and farms alongside his dad, David, who has been certified organic for over 35 years.
Elmarie and Manie Nel
Elmarie and Manie own and operate Clarion Locker, a newly expanded state-inspected facility that processes beef, deer, pork, lamb, goat and bison in Clarion, Iowa. Originally from South Africa, the Nels incorporate South African meat products into their consumer offerings and have won multiple champion and reserve champion awards for their processed meat products at the Iowa State Fair. They prioritize working directly with farmers to achieve the best processing outcomes.
Sarah is a farm bill pollinator conservation planner and Natural Resources Conservation Service partner biologist with the Xerces Society. Sarah works across Iowa to offer technical assistance to landowners interested in pollinator habitat. She also provides pollinator-related training to NRCS staff and partners.
Meredith established Barnswallow Flowers & Produce in 2018 near Oskaloosa, Iowa. Following a career in the film industry, Meredith came home to re-engage with the family farm in a way that feeds her passions, reflects her environmental ethic and exercises her creativity and strategic thinking.
Monika is a central Iowa native who was once a social worker and is now an accidental first-generation farmer. She is committed to social justice and equity in our food system, and lives and farms in Des Moines’ River Bend neighborhood, where she and her husband raise their three children.
Alejandro is an extension economist at ISU with a specialty in agricultural and natural resource economics. His recent research focuses on the economics of conservation and carbon markets, and he serves on ISU’s Science Team for the Iowa Carbon Sequestration Task Force.
Kristin farms with her husband and family near Oskaloosa, Iowa, growing corn, beans and hogs. Kristin, a mother of three, is a substitute teacher and volunteer at their school. During harvest, Kristin is full-time on the farm, running the grain cart and planting all 1,000 acres of cover crops.
Dale and Marcie Raasch
Dale has farmed in Adair County, Iowa, since 1978. Since 2013, his 40-acre farm, which includes 25 acres of vegetables and 15 acres in livestock, has been certified organic. Since Marcie, Dale’s wife, took over much of the farms’s business management, the farm and its reach have grown even more. With the involvement of Dale’s three children and the contributions of 15 employees, Bridgewater Farm plants, cultivates, harvests, and packages more than 40 items, ranging from apples to zucchini. Dale and Marcie hope to continue to grow, provide and promote healthy food for their community.
Eric and Frank are a father-son team raising non-GMO corn, soybeans and wheat on their 600-acre farm near Gifford, Illinois. They use no-till and cover crops, and conduct on-farm trials with new crops and practices, aiming for a scalable regenerative agriculture system that uses minimal inputs.
Eric and Frank are a father-son team raising non-GMO corn, soybeans and wheat on their 600-acre farm near Gifford, Illinois. They use no-till and cover crops, and conduct on-farm trials with new crops and practices, aiming for a scalable regenerative agriculture system that uses minimal inputs.
Sekar has a doctorate in marketing from The Ohio State University, and is currently an associate professor and chair of the Marketing Department at the ISU Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business. His areas of expertise include brand commitment, attitude strength, food choice, advertising effects and low-income consumers.
Shaffer lives and farms in Waterloo, Iowa. Originally from Alabama, he is a district conservationist with the NRCS. In 2019, he and his wife Madelyn established their farm, Southern Goods, with an emphasis on growing Southern vegetables for Midwesterners. He markets through the Waterloo Urban Farmers Market and through We Arose Co-op.
John is a farmer and rancher in the Little Sioux watershed. Owner and operator of Rock Cattle Company, John uses managed grazing to increase the diversity of his pastures and also grazes TNC-owned lands under the terms of a conservation lease.
Tom is a producer and ecologist from Colo, Iowa. In addition to raising chickens and free-range hogs, Tom is a professor of biology at Drake University and teaches courses in ecology, botany and natural history. His guiding philosophy is that farms should be managed as agricultural ecosystems.
At age 16, Ben worked on a vegetable farm near Iowa City, Iowa. Vegetable farming became his passion and led him to opportunities around the country for years. At 25, family obligation led him back to his native Iowa, where he earned a degree in horticulture from ISU and took over a certified organic farm from a retiring farmer.
Jordan runs Middle Way Farm near Grinnell, Iowa, on the Lacina family farm, where he raises 2 acres of chemical-free vegetables sold primarily through CSA shares and online sales to Grinnell-area residents (population 9,300). Having built his farm reputation through the Grinnell farmers market, in 2020 he chose not to sell at farmers market due to COVID-19, and worked to transition his customers to farm-direct online ordering.
Dave and his wife, Meg, own Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. near Exira, Iowa. Their goal is to produce high-quality, wholesome meat by ensuring the well-being and long-term health and productivity of their livestock while maintaining the most basic resources: soil, air and water. As experienced graziers, they use management-intensive grazing, bale grazing and stockpile grazing techniques.
Lucia se desempeña como asistente de proyectos para el programa agrícola y comunitario en el Centro de Asuntos Rurales. Su trabajo se centra en alentar a los agricultores latinos a trabajar en red entre ellos, educar y liderar.
Lucia is a project assistant for the Farm and Community Program with the Center for Rural Affairs. Her work is centered around encouraging Latino farmers to network, educate and lead.
Zack farms in Winnebago County, Iowa, where he has raised corn and soybeans using strip-till and cover crops since 2014. Zack developed an innovative system he calls “stock cropping” that combines livestock and row crops in the same field space. The system has potential to increase farm profitability and soil health, lessen a farm’s carbon footprint and expand economic opportunities for rural communities.
Kate started working in organic vegetable production around 2010 and today is the owner-operator of Root to Rise Organic Farm in Ames, Iowa. Her goal is to produce high-quality, affordable produce for her community and her family. In addition to farming on 5 acres, Kate homeschools her three children.
Dave raises hogs with his wife, Karen, near Aurelia, Iowa. He joined ISU Extension and Outreach in 1984 as an agriculturist. Since 1989, Dave has worked as an ISU swine specialist and now serves 21 counties in northwest Iowa.
Matt and his wife, Diana, farm near Oelwein, Iowa, milking Holstein cows and growing corn, oats, alfalfa, soybeans and pasture. They take a traditional approach to dairy, with summer pasture and a freestall barn. The Stewarts began farming together after college and raised five kids on the farm.
Tiffanie is an environmental science doctoral student at ISU. Her research interests include sustainable urban food systems and food equity. She is developing life cycle assessment models of the Des Moines metropolitan food system to understand the social and environmental impacts of localizing food production.
Rob farms in Washington, Iowa, where he raises corn, soybeans, small grains and pigs. Rob has used no-till since 1983 and cover crops since 2009 to improve soil health and for conservation. Small grains play a role in his conservation practices by diversifying his rotations and serving as a feedstuff for his pigs.
Rena, creator of The DIRTT Project, is an internationally recognized business coach and consultant with more than 20 years of experience working directly with farmers, agriculture leaders, senior executives and entrepreneurs to identify and implement strategies that create growth and profitability. Rena grew up on a dairy and hog farm in What Cheer, Iowa.
Linda grew up on an organic urban farm in Falls Church, Virginia. She holds masters of science degrees in forestry and agronomy, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. Over the years, Linda has promoted organic methods in the landscaping industry; worked with the North Carolina Department of Labor to ensure safe working and housing conditions for migrant farm workers; served as the executive director of Health for All, a free medical clinic in Bryan, Texas; and worked as a stay-at-home mom for 15 years.
Ryan grows corn, soybeans, rye and oats in transition to organic near Carroll, Iowa. He also raises hogs and runs Breda Ag Solutions selling seeds, specialty production contracts and fertilizer. His conditioning facility cleans corn, soy and small grains for seed and food processing.
Tarin farms with her husband, Ryan, growing soybeans, corn and cover crops near Carroll, Iowa. They have three children ages 19, 15 and 6. The Tiefenthalers also have a seed conditioning facility. Tarin enjoys advocating for agriculture with multiple groups across Iowa.
Terry is the owner operator of Iowana Farm near Crescent, Iowa. Of the 20 acres of cultivated land on her grandfather’s old farmstead, 6.5 are used to grow certified organic vegetables. Terry and her team run a CSA and sell produce at the Omaha farmers market and directly to restaurants.
Mark has managed Scattergood Friends School Farm near West Branch, Iowa, since 1999 and is an at-large member of PFI’s board of directors. Mark’s job at Scattergood allows him to nurture his many selves: teacher, lover of books and films, outdoors explorer, organic farmer and one who appreciates living in community.
Jenny, along with her husband and three boys, operates Dogpatch Urban Gardens, an urban farm situated on 1 acre in Des Moines, Iowa. The business is diversified with multiple ways for the community to support the farm, including salad subscriptions, farm dinners, restaurant sales and a farm stand – a seasonal, on-site store that sells Dogpatch Urban Gardens products, as well as other items from growers across Iowa.
Mike and his father, Dave, grow corn, soybeans, hay and cover crops on 750 acres near Winona, Minnesota, on the bluffs of the Mississippi. They own Unruh Cover Cropping, which provides custom seeding using multiple methods in southeast Minnesota. In 2021, they covered 3,000 acres. Mike also sells seed for Saddle Butte Ag and Dairyland Seed Co.
Karen earned a Juris Doctor at Drake University, a master’s degree in plant breeding at Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy at ISU. She and her husband, Warren, practice law together and help manage the family farm near Stuart, Iowa.
Ben is a landowner and biologist from Sac County, Iowa. With his father, Craig, Ben has worked with partners to restore a number of oxbow wetlands on their property in northwest Iowa. Ben also works as a fisheries biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Cristin is a precision agriculture and conservation specialist with Pheasants Forever. Based in South Dakota, Cristin works with growers to find opportunities for habitat on farms and to maximize profitability. Prior to joining Pheasants Forever, Cristin’s work focused on soil health and precision agriculture.
Darrick is a private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Through voluntary agreements, and by working with conservation partners, Darrick provides technical and financial assistance to restore fish and wildlife habitat throughout the Des Moines Lobe region.
Tony is the business services director at Stacyville Poultry Processing, a new poultry processing facility in Iowa. He is also the COO and CFO for Regeneration Farms, a role in which he has built extensive expertise in all aspects of regenerative poultry production and processing; farm and coop design; and sales and distribution. Tony is a beginning poultry farmer in Kenyon, Minnesota, and raises poultry using the Tree-Range system developed by Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin.
John and his wife, Janna, own and operate The Cornucopia, a 9-acre vegetable farm raising Certified Naturally Grown produce near Sioux Center, Iowa. Since 2005, the couple has marketed through a CSA and by selling produce at farmers markets in Falls Park, South Dakota, Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Center, Iowa. They also raise pastured poultry and partner with a neighbor to sell pork from purebred Berkshire pigs.
Natasha runs West Fork Farmstead with her parents in West Chester, Iowa. Together, the family is building a pasture-based rotational grazing system that prioritizes happy and healthy livestock while also caring for their land and community. West Fork Farmstead offers grass fed beef; heritage pork; pastured chickens; chicken and duck eggs; and raw honey
Tom and his wife, Sue, steward their family’s century farm in Jamaica, Iowa. Tom has declared his life goal is to manage his soils in order to increase the soil organic matter in his least productive soils by 4 percentage points. To do this, he’s converted these selected areas to perennial pastures and used managed intensive grazing with his tenant’s cattle.
Susan & Rich Young
Susan and Rich started Lucky Star Farm in 2011 on the outskirts of Iowa City, Iowa. The 20-acre farm includes pasture-raised eggs, turkeys for the holidays, Nigerian dwarf goats, occasional public goat yoga sessions and a small herd of llamas. In 2020, the Youngs completed a renovation of the 1950s-era milk house on their farm, converting it to a farm-stay Airbnb. Since opening in 2020, they have achieved “Superhost” status on Airbnb with more than 150 five-star reviews.