Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: Scaling Up--Machines, Markets and Moths

Date: Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Start: 4:00 pm End: 6:30 pm

Location: Iowana Farm, 17652 Badger Road, Crescent, Iowa

Contact: Lauren Zastrow, PFI event coordinator, (515) 232-5661, lauren@practicalfarmers.org

Join Terry Troxel for a discussion of Iowana Farm's machinery, marketing strategies, and pest management trials. Chuck Troxel and neighbor Merle Osborn will showcase vegetable-specific adaptations to farm machinery, including the "super weapon." Terry will share her strategies for building alternative markets around her CSA, including pricing for wholesale. Terry and Chuck will also lead a tour of the farm and discuss pest management strategies for cabbage moths on brassicas. Topics include machinery adapted for vegetable production, pricing for different markets, and cabbage moth pest management.

A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP for the meal to Lauren Zastrow by Thursday, June 26.

About the Farm: Iowana Farm is a 66-acre farm in the Iowa Loess Hills. Of that, 20 acres are under cultivation--6.5 acres in certified organic vegetables and the rest in alfalfa hay--and the fields are surrounded by oak savannah and grasslands. The farm grows perennial and annual crops and uses three high tunnels. Iowana Farm supports a 60-member CSA and sells wholesale to distributors and schools. The farm also markets to restaurants and sells at the Village Pointe and Aksarben Farmers Markets.

Directions: Iowana Farm is 6 miles north of Omaha. From I-29, take Exit 61A toward Crescent/Pottawattamie County and turn right on Old Mormon Ridge Road (County Road 988). Head east for 2 miles until Old Mormon Ridge Road dead-ends at Old Lincoln Highway. Turn left (north) and go about 0.2 mile into the town of Crescent. Turn right (east) on Badger Avenue/E. Welch Street. The farm is 0.75 mile on the left.

Related information

News release about this event [PFI website]

PFI is hosting 35 field days this year that showcase diverse farming, livestock, land management, farm business and on-farm energy and conservation practices at locations across Iowa. The Leopold Center is among a number of sponsors for the 2014 field day season.

All field days are open to the public and will occur rain or shine. Most are free to attend. To request a 2014 Field Day Guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

To find the guide online and an overview of this season, check out this news release on the PFI website.