Welcome Kellie Solberg! Starting December 19, she will serve Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona, Ida and Cherokee County Extension offices in Regional Foods programming. Kelly is a graduate from Wartburg College with a degree in Environmental Science and Biology. Her past experience includes work as an Environmental Educator, an AmeriCorps member of the National Civilian Community Corp and various internships in the areas of naturalist, sustainability and horticulture.
From the Ground Up: Creating a Plan to Grow Your Farm Business
This training is for participants who are looking to plan either a startup OR a major change to an existing farm operation. It is 9-weeks of intense training led by AG professionals, and includes first-hand experiences, as reported directly from farmers. The State of Iowa AG producers are aging, and this ISUEO sponsored program helps to address this economic reality. Farmers who satisfactorily complete this course will have completed a business plan to help guide the next 3-5 years of their farm organization. The cost is $200 and satisfactory completion will demand time outside of class to complement the approximate 27 hours of in-class education. Contact Gary Wright at the Woodbury County Extension office 712-276-2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Annie's Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project to be held at the Osceola Community Hospital Education Room in Sibley beginning Thursday, February 23 and continuing every Thursday through March 30. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information contact Sandy at the Osceola County Extension and Outreach office at 712-754-3648 or email@example.com. Register online.
Transitioning to Organic Agriculture - every Tuesday night (6 to 9 PM) starting January 10 to May 2, 2017. Course instructors include Kathleen Delate and Craig Chase, along with organic producers and marketers. The course will be broadcast through Adobe Connect™ for anyone wanting to take the course from their home computer (provided they have adequate bandwidth). Fee is $50 for the 16-week course, or $10/session to help off-set technology costs. For more information, please contact the ISU Organic Ag Program at (515) 294-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View or download course flyer.
2016 in Review
Local food rocks! This year has been a busy and productive year for Flavors of Northwest Iowa and related programs. We had delicious local food dinners, a fun family-day festival, helped bring fresh produce to area food pantries, held local food tastings and cooking classes and worked with some fantastic local food producers and ISU student interns! Please take a moment to read our recap of 2016 and learn more about what we are doing with local food.
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture - project summaries
Summaries of five recently completed research projects are now available at http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/
Great Plains Growers Conference
St. Joseph, MO
Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference
Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference
Women in Denim
Buena Vista University Campus; Storm Lake, IA
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
La Crosse, WI
Margaret Murphy (712) 472-2576 / email@example.com
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to Healthy People, Environments, and Economies. Regional and local food systems provide an opportunity to meet increasing demand for locally produced food including fruits and vegetables, livestock, egg and dairy products while addressing the need of Iowans for food security with adequate diets and improving regional economies.