Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to host two producer meet-ups this spring.
Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host the events to discuss the upcoming season, challenges and opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers, and to meet and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee. These meet-ups are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.
Four ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will help lead the sessions. Diana Cochran, assistant professor and extension fruit specialist; Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist; Ajay Nair, assistant professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist; and Patrick O’Malley, commercial horticulture specialist, will be in attendance. Staff from Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will also attend each meet-up.
The first meet-up will take place on Tuesday, March 14, at Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon. Laura Krouse, who operates Abbe Hills Farms near Mount Vernon, will host the event. Krouse grows vegetables for 200 families in the Mount Vernon area, and raises open-pollinated corn. Salt Fork Kitchen is located at 112 E. Main St., in Solon.
On Tuesday, April 4, Harvestville Farm's Adam Hohl will host the second meet-up on his farm near Donnellson. Harvestville Farm is a fifth generation family farm that raises pumpkins, vegetables, corn, and invites guests for “agri-tainment” on the farm. The farm is located at 1977 Highway 2, 1.2 miles east of town. From Hwy 27 (Avenue of the Saints), Harvestville Farm is located 1 mile from the exit on the left (north) side of the road.
Each meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with refreshments provided. Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP, contact Liz Kolbe at (515) 232-5661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.