2023 Autumn Magazine - Practical Farmers of Iowa

2023 Autumn Journal – Sensible Farmers of Iowa


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Blandine Matondo tends to her backyard on the International Meals Mission in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa. She and 4 different Congolese households have their very own vegetable plots to develop meals for his or her households and the group. Learn extra about her and the International Meals Mission on web page 13.

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Mike Cook and Bob ReckerMike Cook and Bob ReckerCultivating Range within the Coronary heart of Waterloo

Because the Nineteen Eighties, Mike Cook dinner and his household have labored to construct a worthwhile enterprise rising row crops, vegetables and fruit on a patchwork of smaller plots.

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The Richness of Varieties

In a contemporary market atmosphere the place crunch is vital, what’s the worth of heirloom apple varieties?

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A Milky Manner

Dealing with a tricky dairy market, three small-scale Iowa dairies have tailored their companies to maintain doing what they love.

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Considering Globally, Rising Regionally

International Meals Mission’s incubator farm helps immigrants to Iowa Metropolis construct group whereas preserving cultural ties and traditions.

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2023 Discipline Day Season

See photos of studying, connection, meals and enjoyable from the primary half of our 2023 subject day season.

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The Cycle Continues

Longtime PFI members Steve and Sara Hopkins are innovators in regenerative farming, water conservation and youth schooling.

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Ventures in Natural

The Miller and Olson households are at totally different levels of their natural farming expertise, however their tales spotlight some widespread challenges and sources of help.

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Making a Home for Nature

Ken Fawcett and his household have embraced precision conservation to enhance their farm whereas making area for the remainder of nature to thrive.

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PFI Information

Meet the Latest Members of PFI’s Group

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Grants Finance Supervisor

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Senior Horticulture and Native Meals Coordinator

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Graphic Design and Pictures Intern

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Workplace Assistant

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Get Cowl Cropping Insights with our New Video Sequence

Roller Crimping Rye Cover Crop in Soybeans.00 06 12 05.Still004Roller Crimping Rye Cover Crop in Soybeans.00 06 12 05.Still004PFI has been a key useful resource for farmers on cowl crops since its founding, with subject days, convention classes, analysis studies, journal articles and extra. This yr, we’re including a devoted video collection – “Sensible Cowl Croppers” – to the combination.

The collection launched earlier this summer season with a video on organising a corn planter for planting right into a inexperienced cowl crop. At three to 10 minutes lengthy, every video goals to supply a digestible snapshot of PFI members’ cowl cropping practices and insights throughout a spread of farm enterprises, from row crops and livestock to horticulture.
You’ll study subjects like utilizing cowl crops to suppress weeds, stop erosion, increase soil well being and supply forage for livestock. Movies additionally discover the societal advantages of canopy crops and supply detailed how-tos on particular subjects like curler crimping, air seeding, grazing cowl crops and extra.

New episodes are revealed weekly on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel to be notified after we publish a brand new video. For questions, contact Rachel Deutmeyer at rachel.deutmeyer@practicalfarmers.org.


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