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Meet a Co-Hort: Tyson Allchin
Tyson Allchin grows indoor hemp in a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse near Oskaloosa, Iowa. The hemp Ty grows is marketed to an Ames-based CBD processor. The facility is owned by First Resources, a nonprofit that supports dependent adults by providing life and job skills. 

The pots shown in the image below grow on top of the Bato bucket system, a water-efficient method of hydroponics, and are top dressed with soil amendments, a task that suits the needs of the dependent adults who work with Ty.
Why you grow horticulture crops, in 5 or fewer words: To use my horticulture education!
Something you’re excited about trying this year: Keeping the THC levels in my crop below 0.3%. Most field-grown hemp undergoes stress due to excessive heat or insufficient water, which causes the THC levels to rise. By growing hemp indoors, I can reduce the stress and manage the levels more effectively.
What you would change about your industry: I feel like the regulations around hemp have driven away business from our state.

Favorite crop and why: Modern hemp because of its versatility and wide range of applications. I think there are something like 16,000 products made with hemp, including medicinal, pharmaceutical and paper products of all kinds.
PFI’s Savings Incentive Program and Farm Business Coaching applications are open now! 

Just getting started? The Savings Incentive Program will be a great boost.

Are you an established direct-market farmer interested in increasing your farm’s profitability? Check out Farm Business Coaching. Participants work with coaches to assess their farm businesses, identify key issues to address and develop an action plan to reach their goals. 

Applications due Oct. 9, 2022.
Veggie Compass is a free farm management tool for diversified fresh market vegetable growers, developed at the University of Wisconsin.

Veggie compass helps you evaluate your cost, sales and labor data to calculate the cost and profitability of each of your crops, allowing you to make the most informed decisions possible about your farm business.
The Cornell Small Farms Program is offering a web series for aspiring and beginning flower farmers called “Introduction to the Business of Flower Farming.” It provides an overview of the resources you need to operate an economically sustainable flower farm. 

Learn more and register on their website. The next series begins Oct. 31.
Are you curious about mid-scale, no-till vegetable production?

This web series from the University of Wisconsin features a range of perspectives on no-till and reduced-tillage systems to help inform choices about management on your farm.
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Farmer-Rancher Grant Program offers competitive grants for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration and education projects.  

Applications are due Dec. 1.
The Iowa Local Food Purchasing Assistance Program will buy local food from Iowa’s producers for distribution to Iowans in under-resourced communities. 

If you produce local food in Iowa and are interested in selling your products into the Iowa LFPA Program, follow this link to learn more and apply for this program.

Questions? Contact Kayla Koether at kayla.koether@practicalfarmers.org
All events listed in central daylight time
Commercial flower farmers are invited to a bouquet workshop hosted by Andrew and Naomi Friend at Friend's Flowers in Story City.

Bring a bucket of flowers from your farm to share for a hands-on bouquet making, and learn from floral industry expert and ISU instructor Dan Brabec about how to get the most out of your bouquets. Then stick around for pizza and conversation.

Register to let us know you're coming! Once registered, you’ll receive a link to sign up for the flower potluck.
Upcoming PFI horticulture events:
Hosted by Marie Andre & Tika Bhandari | Practical Farmers of Iowa
4-6 p.m. | West Des Moines, IA
Friends of PFI horticulture events:
Sept. 25: Tour - Madison County Farm Crawl
9 a.m. | Madison County, IA

Sept. 30: Gathering - SILTFest Honey Creek
Hosted by Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)
4-7 p.m. | Honey Creek, IA
Looking Ahead: Save the Date!

Hosted by Women Food & Ag Network
Full day | Whalen, MN

Nov. 7: Short Course - ISU High Tunnel Short Course (link unavailable at this time)
Hosted by Iowa State University
Full day | Ames, IA
Which area are you planning to most improve for next year?
Weed & pest management
Labor & time management
Infrastructure & equipment
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Jacqueline Venner Senske
Horticulture Education Coordinator

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