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Carstens 1880 Farmstead is a living history exhibit of how farming practices have evolved from hand labor to horse machinery to tractors, giving visitors a look at the things that have formed our rural heritage. The farm makes a great setting to discuss soil-saving practices such as no-till and cover crops. The practice of no-till reduces soil erosion as well as surface run-off. It also saves time and energy by reducing the number of field passes. The Conservation Station will also be part of the activities at this popular event.
The Leopold Center is a funding partner for Iowa Learning Farms, which calls attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices. Other partners include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319). All ILF programs are offered in cooperation with the Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.
This event is co-sponsored with Practical Farmers of Iowa. The Leopold Center has been a longtime supporter of on-farm research conducted by PFI members and is a major sponsor for PFI's 2012 field day events. The program is supported by a three-year Leopold Center competitive grant to conduct this project, Increasing Iowa farmers' resiliency through the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) cooperators' program.
Check the field guide for dates of more summer events [PDF]
Iowa Learning Farms website
Practical Farmers of Iowa website
Directions: Exit I-80 at 34 Shelby (exit 34), follow county road M-16 south ½ mile to Whippoorwill Road, west ½mile to 380th Street, then south to the Farmstead, on the left side of the road.