On-farm Jobs for Aspiring Farmers 
Curious about aquaponics? How about running a flour mill?
Apply to Early Morning Harvest in Guthrie County!

Wondering about the work at an organic dairy?
Join the team at Canoe Creek Dairy or Blake Family Farm in Northeast Iowa!

Want to get experience with rotationally grazing cattle?
Choose from a handful of on-farm jobs across the state!

Does fruit and vegetable production fit in your future farm plans? 
How about row crops, laying hens, or farrow-to-finish hogs? 

Labor4Learning has job openings with experienced farmers that cover nearly any enterprise you can think of. These jobs are found across the state and each opening varies in duration, hours, work activities and compensation, so visit our website for more information.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your on-farm experience and build your farmer network while earning an income. 

Opportunities
April 28-30 - work starts at 9am each day
DogPatch Urban Gardens, 5085 Meredith Dr, Des Moines, IA 
If you're thinking about building a high tunnel on your farm, this hands-on workshop is a great opportunity to spend time with a farmer (Jenny) who has just gone through the purchasing process, an experienced builder (Todd) who can discuss different options for your site, AND you will learn what it takes to host your own high Tunnel Raising
Please bring:
  • sack lunch, water bottle
  • work gloves, eye protection, close toed shoes
  • (if you have them): tool belt, locking pliers, measuring tape, hammer, rubber mallet, sharpie, impact driver, socket set. 
There is no cost to partcipate, please RSVP to Jenny Quiner at  jenny@dogpatchurbangardens.com  or ( 515) 802-4304

Thursdays, May 4 - June 8
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Scholarship Deadline: May 3
Registration Deadline: May 4
In this online course you will learn how to integrate key land planning principles and practices to improve land or infrastructure investment and implementation strategies. Learn how to integrate these land planning options with your financial or business planning to strategically expand your business.

May 8
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Solon, IA
Attendees will also hear from experts on farm programs, business planning, marketing and have the opportunity to network with other aspiring and beginning women farmers. The afternoon farm tour will visit unique small-scale Johnson Co. farms, providing you a first-hand look at successful farms where women at the helm and an opportunity to ask these farmers how they got to where they are and how they operate day to day.

May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Scholarship Deadline: May 15
Registration Deadline: May 22
In this course you will learn how to effectively manage your farm or ranch through the principles and practices of Holistic Management -a nationally recognized whole farm/ranch planning process. Through these new skills you can improve your ability to work with nature and to increase your productivity and share those ideas with others.

Now Hiring
Bickford Organics in Ridgeway, WI is looking for an energetic, creative, and hardworking soul to join their farm team. The farm is an organic grain and grass-fed organic beef operation in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. They raise approximately 750 organic acres of feed and forages, including food-grade milling grains, including some landrace varieties.
Please contact John Wepking to apply at john.wepking@gmail.com.

Land Available near Victor
Rich Dana is offering a 12 acre parcel of aging hay located near Victor/Deep River for a beginning farmer to farm. The land would be great for livestock, trees or vegetables. There are several sheds and barns that can be utilized as part of the deal. Well and rural water available.

Contact Rich Dana at (319) 530-6051 or at ricardo.obsolete@gmail.com if interested.

Land Available near South English
Simon Yoder has a 12 acre property available to sell or lease near South English, Iowa, in Keokuk County. There are about 8 tillable acres and a western-style cattle shed on site.

Contact Simon Yoder at (319) 800-3712 for more information.

Land Available near Clear Lake
Judy Gergen has 35 acres of certified organic ground for rent, lease or sale. It has been used as pasture for 15 years and prior to that was in CRP. Also available is a hydroponic building where they grew barley sprouts. Near Fertile, IA in Worth County.

Contact Judy at (641) 797-2081 or at oldprairie@wctatel.net for more information.
ResourcesResources
Watch these webinar recordings from Cornell Small Farms Program for the latest research on reduced tillage for organic vegetable production. Learn about practices that fit your operation, from permanent beds, tarps, and mulches, to cover cropping, strip tillage, and cultivation tools.

The National Young Farmers Coalition and King Arthur Flour present a new blog and film series profiling three pioneering young grain farmers. While all farmers face challenges, the high start-up costs associated with grain farming can make it an especially difficult field to enter for new and young farmers.

Farm Animal Welfare
Certification Guide
To assist farms and companies that are interested in pursuing a meaningful welfare certification, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in partnership with Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, has created the Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide. This tool will help farmers understand the value of certification programs and determine which certification might be right for their farm.
In This Issue
Upcoming  PFI  Events
Map of My Kingdom
May 2
Breckenridge, CO  

Map of My Kingdom
May 13
Pella

FIELD DAY: Two-Wheel Tractors: Old Technology, New Inspiration
May 21  
Chariton - hosted by Jill Beebout 

Grazing Cover Crops Field Day
May 30
Sioux Center - hosted by Matt Schuiteman

Missed a farminar? Watch them later! 
Practical Farmers of Iowa offers farminars at no cost to participants. These 90-minute, online seminars feature a wide variety of farming topics with farmers as the experts. We record these sessions and make them available for free so you can keep learning year-round.

Are you a beginning farmer looking for farmland to start or expand your operation? Are you a landowner interested in selling or leasing your land to someone who shares your vision for the future?
FindAFarmer.net was created by Practical Farmers of Iowa to help maintain family farms and vibrant rural communities by facilitating the transfer of land from one generation to the next.
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