We are pleased to announce that
Doug Alert and Margaret Smith, of Hampton, have been chosen to receive Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award.
We grant this award each year to an individual or couple that has shown exemplary commitment to sustainable agriculture, generously shared their knowledge with others and been influential in efforts to foster vibrant communities, diverse farms and healthy food.
Doug and Margaret are long-time PFI members who operate Ash Grove Farm, a diversified, certified organic crop and livestock operation that includes organic feed corn and soybeans; organic seed soybeans, rye, hairy vetch and oats; and organic food-grade corn, soybeans and oats.
They have used cover crops for years, and run a cow herd, marketing the calves through conventional markets. They also keep a fruit and vegetable garden, laying hens and bees for their family use.
They have conducted numerous on-farm research projects over the years, sharing their findings through a variety of formats, and their work has been instrumental in helping other farmers find solutions to on-farm challenges.