Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
New Zealand agrocologist and author Nicole Masters presents the keynote address at our 2020 annual conference last Friday.

Video of Nicole's presentation will be available next week! Be sure to check next Friday's issue of "Practical News" to watch her address.
Clover has so many benefits, but relatively little opportunity in the predominant corn-soybean rotation due to its susceptibility to cold winters and the heat unit requirement for the clover to begin fixing nitrogen and providing pollinator habitat.

Adding a small grain into crop rotations, like wheat, oats, barley or rye, provides the perfect opportunity to re-introduce clover after July harvest of these crops. 
In this farminar, Jennifer Glenister of New Morning Farm in Hustontown, Pennsylvania, shares her experience with a variety of cultural practices, bio-controls and organic spray options for pest control on crops from arugula to zucchini.
Motivated by an immense joy for flowers, artistry and stewardship of land and community, Gretel Adams and her husband Steve established Sunny Meadow Farm in 2007.

The urban flower farm outside Columbus, Ohio, provides a selection of cut flowers and pre-made bouquets for retail and wholesale. In this farminar, Gretel will share insights on the importance of quality control, determining markets and pricing, cultivating professional relationships and acknowledging your own business style.
Meet-ups are a time for farmers to discuss the upcoming season, challenges, opportunities and ideas, and to network with other farmers over a cup of coffee and some breakfast. These events are free and open to all fruit, vegetable and flower growers. You don’t have to be a PFI member to attend!

All meet-ups are 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Feb. 4  – Waverly
The Wild Carrot

Feb. 6  – Logan
Logan Flours

Feb. 11  – Des Moines
Feb. 13  – Algona
Feed Mill Coffee Co.

Feb. 25  – Solon
Salt Fork Kitchen
Bonus: Flower meet-up

Feb. 27  – Ames
PFI office
Join us in Montour for this three-day workshop, taught by North Dakota ranchers Joshua and Tara Dukart. Take a deep-dive into the holistic management planning process used to make every day decisions.

This goal-setting and decision-making process provides farmers interested in more regenerative farming methods with the tools you need to improve the land, your business and your quality of life.
Jan. 28: Farminar - Customer Relationships
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 4: Meet-up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Waverly

Feb. 4: Farminar - Weed Management
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 6: Meet-up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Logan

Feb. 11: Meet-up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Des Moines
Feb. 11: Farminar - Cereal Rye
7 p.m. | Online

Feb. 11-13: Workshop - Holistic Management

Feb. 13: Meet-up - Vegetable Farmer
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Algona

Feb. 18: Farminar - Creating Habitat
7 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Carmen Black of Solon and Kate Edwards of Iowa City were featured in The Gazette: Johnson County vegetable growers' message to Iowa Legislature: We want to be treated as farmers

Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice of Wapello were featured on Center for Rural Affairs' blog: Red Fern Farm builds resiliency through diversification

PFI in the News
Practical Farmers of Iowa was mentioned in Wallaces Farmer: Yes, you can make soil!
Have you been featured in the media? Tell us when and where to find a link to the article, and we'll feature you in a future issue of Practical News.