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Getting Started With Lavender, Flowers and Berries
Wednesday, July 6 | 10 a.m. – Noon
Hosts: Abby Barten, Nancy & John Brannaman
Curious about how to create opportunities for a beginning farmer outside the family? This field day provides a working example! Nancy and John Brannaman purchased their acreage from John’s parents and are farming it now with Abby Barten, providing the next generation a chance to farm.
Together, Abby, Nancy and John added value to the 41-acre farm by establishing lavender fields, ornamentals, perennials and a variety of berries. Join Abby and Nancy as they give a tour of the lavender farm, share their reflections on starting a horticultural business and how they manage a U-pick farm.
- Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)
- Iowa State University On-Farm Food Safety Team
See & Discuss:
- Lavender production
- Perennial and annual flowers
- How a landowner is providing land access
- Native and exotic berries
- Business and production planning
- Fruit trees
- Opportunities for beginning farmers
Location notes: Guests coming to the field day may park at the bottom of the hill (near the lavender field).
Meal Information: Lunch from the Morning Glory Food Truck will be provided at the end of the field day.
Note: Due to on-farm logistics, attendance at this field day is limited to 30 attendees. Unfortunately we have hit our attendance cap for this event, check on our field day page for more events that may interest you.