Beginning Farmer Retreat

This annual event brings beginning farmers together to network, plan and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic.

The first Practical Farmers Next Generation Retreat took place in 2009, and it has been an annual event ever since. The two-day retreat has become a popular networking and business planning event that helps beginners share and learn from each other, as well as select experienced farmer speakers. Farm knowledge, food and friendship are freely shared. The retreat takes place each year between November and March and is open to all beginning farmers, regardless of age, enterprise or membership status.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2018

Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center
3005 E Ave
Montour, IA 50173

The event starts in the afternoon on Nov. 30 and runs through the following afternoon. In addition to networking with other farmers, attendees will make progress on goal setting and creating action plans for achieving them. Programming will be offered for both aspiring farmers and beginning farmers, with experts and peers facilitating the sessions and assisting with work time.

Read the blog Recap

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2017 Retreat:

To learn more about the Next Generation Retreat, read our blog for a recap of 2017. Thanks to all who attended!

Contact Information

For more information about the Next Generation Retreat, or to be added to our beginning farmer email list: contact Steve Carlson, at or (515) 232-5661.