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.


12th Annual Beginning Farmer Retreat

Save the Date! – Dec. 13 – 14, 2019 | Ames, IA

Registration will begin in October, stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Read the 2018 blog Recap

Contact Information

For more information about the Beginning Farmer Retreat, or to be added to our beginning farmer email list: contact Greg Padget, at or (515) 232-5661.