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Farmland Owner Legacy Award Celebration + Beginning Farmer Showcase
Saturday, Sept. 25 | 5-7 p.m.
Rose and Mike Roelf are Practical Farmers’ 2021 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients. This award is granted annually to landowners who help the next generation get started, advance land stewardship and promote long-term sustainability of farm businesses, environmental quality and rural communities. Rose, Mike and their beginning farmer tenants will discuss farmland access and budding farm businesses, and Rose and Mike will receive the Farmland Owner Legacy Award at this field day.
This event will start with a farm walk, where Rosemary’s beginning farmer tenants will showcase their diverse enterprises, including pigs, bees and vegetables, and talk about farmland access and starting a farm. The walk will be followed by the Farmland Owner Legacy Award ceremony and dinner crafted by area chefs. The evening will be capped off with a networking reception.
Beginning farmer speakers and tour leaders include:
Corbin Scholz, Joe Klingelhutz, Ilsa Dewald and Will Kresse
Singing Goat Farm is just north of Iowa City, Iowa, and has been in Rose’s family since the 1960’s. Since acquiring the property in 2014, Rose and Mike have built infrastructure and provided affordable access to equipment and land for multiple beginning vegetable farmers.