AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa will host an open house and social gathering to celebrate the start of its 2022 field day season on Monday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m., at the PFI office (1615 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 101) in Ames, Iowa.
The event – “Field Day Kick-Off Social at the PFI Office” – is free and open to all. PFI staff will be on hand to welcome guests, introduce new staff members, showcase our recently remodeled office and join with attendees in celebrating the return of PFI’s first full, in-person field day season since 2019.
Guests will be treated to light snacks and beverages, as well as popcorn made by staff with the new office popcorn machine. They will also have a chance to tour the office, see displays of past field day guides and events and converse with fellow members and friends.
This event marks the launch of Practical Farmers’ 2022 field day season, which includes 41 events across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.
Field days will explore conventional and organic field crops, cover crops and small grains, livestock systems of differing scales and species, vegetable production, orcharding, agroforestry, urban farming, conservation programs, farmland transfer, marketing and more.
“There should be something for everyone,” says Liz Kolbe, PFI’s senior farmer-led education manager. “Our goal is to bring farmers together to visit with and learn from one another.”
For this reason, PFI events are free for anyone to attend – membership in Practical Farmers of Iowa is not required or expected. Events are marked by a welcoming atmosphere, a spirit of curiosity, a culture of mutual respect and farmers openly sharing their knowledge and experience.
All events occur rain or shine. While RSVPs are not required for the majority of field days, they are appreciated to help with event and meal planning. The full roster of events – along with additional information about PFI field day policies and logistics – is available at practicalfarmers.org/field-days.
Practical Farmers’ 2022 field days are supported by Level A sponsors Albert Lea Seed; BioTill Cover Crops; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; MOSA Certified Organic; Nori Carbon Removal; P&K Midwest; Sinclair Tractor; Sunderman Farm Management; and Van Wall Equipment.
About Practical Farmers
Practical Farmers of Iowa works to equip farmers to build resilient farms and communities. Our values include: welcoming everyone; farmers leading the exchange of experience and knowledge; curiosity, creativity, collaboration and community; resilient farms now and for future generations; and stewardship of land and resources. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.
— Practical Farmers of Iowa