Working Towards Farm Succession
Tuesday, June 30 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Creating a farm succession plan takes time, moves slowly and involves many different people. Understanding your and sharing your goals is an important step in putting together a plan. During this event, Martha, Regina and Kim will share some of their farm succession goals. We will hear what has worked from them so far and what has been a challenge.
Hosts: Martha McFarland, Kim Andersen & Regina Frahm
Martha McFarland farms with her father Dan near Fredericksburg, Iowa. They operate Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch on 250 acres of pasture and timber where bison and cattle graze. Martha gives educational tours to provide historical information about bison, the prairie and the history of their homesteading family who settled in Iowa over 150 years ago.
Kim Andersen is an organic farmer at Zihlman Family Farms and Blueberry Bottom, located near Brighton, Iowa. Kim is a long-time educator currently teaching for Southern New Hampshire University. She and her husband, Steve, grow organic corn, soybeans, oats, hay, blueberries, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pawpaw and persimmon.
Regina Frahm owns and operates Esther Purl Fibers, raising registered white Cormo breeding stock and colored Cormo sheep. She recently opened Esther & Company, her modern-day mercantile featuring local fibers and foods. With her family, she runs Frahm Farms in Newton, Iowa, raising sheep, beef cattle, corn, soybeans and hay.
Format: Virtual Field Day
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