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Cabbage is a crop that thrives when grown in the fall in Iowa. Coleslaw, however, is most popular in the hot, humid summer and requires cabbage grown earlier in the year to be ready for harvest by July.

While cabbage is not a summer crop, heat-tolerant varieties have been developed and released for summer growing.

Several cooperators, including Carmen and Maja Black of Solon, Iowa, Kate Edwards of Solon, Iowa, Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Decorah, Iowa, and Alice McGary of Ames, Iowa, each tested up to six varieties on their farms.
Guided by our value of welcoming everyone, PFI is working to build relationships and trust with Spanish-speaking beginning and aspiring farmers.

One way we plan to communicate resources is by launching our new Spanish email newsletter, "Sembrando Resiliencia." In English, it translates to "sowing resilience." Once every other month – una vez cada dos meses – we will keep you informed and updated on all things PFI, plus other farming related information, pero en español!

¿Quieres estar conectado con Agricultores Practicos de Iowa (PFI) y otros recursos agrícolas?

Sembrando Resiliencia, es nuesto nuevo boletín electronico en español.
During 2020, we found many people enjoyed the opportunity to attend field days virtually, so we’re improving our virtual engagement options with a weekly series called “Live From the Farm.” This series builds on our 2020 virtual field day season, but with improved video and streaming quality.

Most Tuesdays from June through September, we will stream live from a member farm, aiming to showcase important farm activities that are interesting to see but harder to show and make engaging to in-person visitors, such as planting, harvest, cultivating, processing and delivery days.

These live events are interactive on YouTube Live, with chat enabled for attendees and the host, and will be available as recorded videos on PFI’s YouTube channel as soon as the live event ends.
This year, we’ve planned a series called “Catching Up,” an ever-growing line-up of small, energizing, in-person gatherings on farms across Iowa. To keep our farmers, staff and attendees safe, each “Catching Up” event is limited to 15 attendees.

How does it work?
  • To get on the invitation list for “Catching Up” events, register here.

  • When we have an event that suits your interests and location, we’ll get in touch via email or phone. You might not hear from us right away, but you will receive an invitation at least two weeks ahead of the event.

  • “Catching Up” events are two hours long, and because of their limited attendance, will be more conversation-based than large field days can accommodate. Come ready to engage!
June 8: Live From the Farm - Bees, Beetles & Broccoli
10-10:45 a.m. | Online

June 15: Live From the Farm - "Practical Farrowing Box"
2-2:45 p.m. | Online
June 22: Live From the Farm - Extended Rotations With Red Clover
2-2:45 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
John Norwood of West Des Moines, Iowa, Katie Rock of Des Moines, Iowa, and Lee Tesdell of Slater, Iowa, were featured in a webinar on saturated buffers organized by Fishers & Farmers Partnership: Boots of the Ground | Polk County Iowa SWCD

Gina Nichols of Ames, Iowa, was featured on the Green Lands Blue Waters website: Civic Scientist Series

Jack Boyer of Reinbeck, Iowa, was featured on Ag Update: An ongoing effort to improve crop productivity
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