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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
The inaugural Iowa Small Farms Conference is Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. Keynote speaker Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farms will be featured along with a wide variety of educational options, a trade show, lunch and giveaways.
“The Iowa Small Farms Conference will be a great event for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities on their small farm or acreage,” said Christa Hartsook, small farms program coordinator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “With a wide variety of educational options, attendees can get the most out of their day by customizing the conference to fit their specific needs and interests.”
Educational sessions will be held including orchard establishment, the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, raising ancient grains, small-scale machinery sharing, taking your recipe to market and more. Prizes and giveaways will be featured at the end of the day, along with an ice cream social. For more information and to register, visit www.aep.iastate.edu/smallfarms.