The Labor4Learning program helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training with experienced farmers, and pays experienced farmers for their time and effort.

Beginning Farmers:

Are you looking to get paid, on-the-job training with experienced farmers in Iowa?  The Labor4Learning program is designed for beginning farmers seeking employment and additional training in farm management and production skills. Practical Farmers of Iowa “trainer” farmers will be hiring in the early part of the new year for the upcoming growing season. Browse the list below for training opportunities near you.

Get paid at least minimum wage and earn other benefits, including:

  • Learn farm business development from an experienced PFI farmer
  • Paid time off to attend a PFI event during the term of employment
  • Discount to the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference ($100 value)
  • Connect with other “PFI Trainees”
  • A free PFI membership


  • Apply and be hired by a PFI Trainer farmer.
  • Have a strong motivation to learn the business of farming.

To apply, send current resume and three work-related references directly to the trainer. Direct any questions about job details to the trainer as well.

See a Labor4Learning profile from Donna Warhover’s Morning Glory Farm in 2017.

Curious about your rights as a farm worker? Be sure to check out our Farm Employment FAQ for answers to your questions.

Experienced Farmers:

Are you looking for a high quality, motivated farm employee? Want to get paid up to $200 per month (maximum $1,000 per year) by Practical Farmers to share the business details a beginning farmer needs to know to be successful managing his/her own farm? Apply to be a Practical Farmers of Iowa Trainer.

Applications to become a Trainer are accepted through December 31st  for the following season. All complete applications submitted will be reviewed by a committee made of diverse Practical Farmers member farmers, and selections will be made in January.  Applicants must be PFI members who farm in Iowa to be eligible.

To request an application or for more information, please contact Greg Padget at or by calling (515) 232-5661.

Hesitant to hire a farm employee due to questions about legal requirements? Check out our Farm Employment FAQ about the rights and responsibilities for Iowa farm workers and farm employers.

Interested in becoming a Labor4Learning trainer farm?


2019 Labor4Learning Trainers

NameFarm NameCountyEnterprisesStatus
Paul and Nancy AckleyTaylorBeef cattle, corn, soybeans, small grain, hair sheep and forage (perennial and annual)Available
Jon BakehouseMaple Edge Farm, Inc.MillsCorn, soybeans, cow/calf, beef cattle, pasture, hay, small grainsAvailable
Hannah BreckbillHumble Hands HarvestWinneshiekOrganic vegetables, sheep, some perennial crops going in, planning on pastured porkFilled
Andy and Melissa DunhamGrinnell Heritage FarmPoweshiekOrganic vegetables, select fruits, chestnuts, beef cattle, hay, occasional poultryAvailable
Rob and Tammy FauxGenuine Faux FarmBremerOrganic vegetables and fruits, broiler chicken, turkey, eggsAvailable
Jeff and Earl HafnerHafner Inc.GuthrieCow/calf, finish hogs, aquaponics, laying hens, organic small grains and row crop, organic flour mill and seed cleaningAvailable
Dean and Judy HenryBerry Patch LLCStoryBerries, cherries, apples, horticultureFilled
Marcus and Emma JohnsonBuffalo Ridge OrchardLinnApples, pears, vegetables, row cropsAvailable
Barb KrausCanoe Creek ProduceWinneshiekOrganic vegetables, some fruits and berries, cut flowers, small flock of sheep and chickensFilled
Will Lorentzen, Adrian WhiteJupiter Ridge FarmClaytonVegetables, mushrooms, herbsAvailable
Jenny QuinerDogpatch Urban GardensPolkVegetables with emphasis on salad greens, onsite farm standFilled
Dale and Marcie RaaschBridgewater FarmAdairOrganic vegetables, fruit, hay, cattle, hogs, broilers, layersAvailable
Derek RollerEchollectiveCedarVegetables, some tree crops, flowers animals (every year is different but we have chickens, and sometimes pigs), mushroomsAvailable
Mike SalamaSalama Greenhouse and FloralBooneOrnamentals, bedding plants, cut flowers, potted annuals, hydroponic tomatoes, basil, winter greensAvailable
Erik SessionsPatchwork Green FarmWinneshiekVegetables and fresh herbsAvailable
Scott ShriverShriver Farms, LLCGreeneOrganic corn, beans, small grains, alfalfaFilled
Donna WarhoverMorning Glory LLCLinnVegetables, laying hens, community/learning eventsFilled

View a detailed description of each trainer here

Contact Information

For any questions about the Labor4Learning program: contact Steve Carlson at