Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: Planning, Research and Intercropping on a CSA Farm

Date: Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Start: 3:00 pm End: 6:00 pm

Location: Genuine Faux Farm, 2345 150th Street, Tripoli, Iowa

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

Are you curious about how a small, diversified CSA farm plans for and manages a wide range of crops with varying requirements? Come learn about one approach that includes intercropping techniques and quick turn-around cover crops, along with heritage and open-pollinated varieties whenever possible. Rob and Tammy will share what has worked (and not worked) in their complex rotations and field plans. Learn about current SARE-funded research involving paper mulch in cucurbits and the Practical Farmers yield data collection project. Enjoy a tour of the 15-acre farm, which will include moveable high tunnels, pastured poultry and the vegetable production fields. Topics include field and crop planning, paper mulch in cucurbits, quick turn-around cover crops, yield data collection, moveable high tunnels, certified organic produce, intercropping for pollinators and predators, and duck breed trial.

Stay for a potluck after the field day. Chef Chris of the Savory Spoon in Fredericka will provide a main course. Bring a side to share, your own tableware, and lawn chairs. Please RSVP for the meal to Lauren Zastrow by Thursday, August 14.

About the Farm: Rob and Tammy started Genuine Faux Farm in 2004. Their farm business focuses on a 120-member CSA and includes certified organic vegetables, fruit, poultry and starter plants. Rob and Tammy have served as mentors in Practical Farmers' Labor4Learning Program and Savings Incentive Program, and have participated in numerous PFI research projects.

Directions: Genuine Faux Farm is located about 2.5 miles east of U.S. 63 on 150th Street. From Iowa Route 3, go about 8 miles north and turn right on 150th Street. From the intersection of U.S. 63 and U.S. 18, go 10 miles south and turn left on 150th Street.

Related information

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.