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There are many farm and food related events coming up. Hope you can make it to one or more of these!

Crop Cover Conference

Wednesday, August 28th, 10am-2pm at the Agricultural Learning Center (3200 Lucas St, Muscatine)

Learn all about cover crops from local farmers. Receive information on type of seed, seed mixes, planting, winter kill, grazing, haying, fertilizer credits, spraying, soil health, cost and cost share. Ask questions and get answers from those who know. Lunch will be provided.

To register, call 563.263.7944.

Harvest Fest

Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1 at Cedar Ridge Vineyards and Distillery, 1441 Marak Road NW Swisher, IA 52338

A weekend full of live music, harvest themed menu and our annual grape stomp! Enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of this exciting season during three days of harvest celebrations.

Live music, Harvest Menu featuring seasonal produce and the much anticipated grape stomp contest! See crwine,com for full activity schedule, wine list, and food menu.

FREE- NewBo City Market Learning Garden Talk

Saturday, August 31th, 10-11am

Eat Local Week

September 2nd-8th

New Pioneer Food Co-op will be sponsoring Eat Local Week. This includes a Local Plate Contest in which you can share a snapshot of a dish using local ingredients on Facebook or Instagram and tag New Pioneer in the post. For every post, they will be donating $1 to Field to Family and will be entering your name in a drawing for a $100 gift card (up to one time daily). On Sunday, September 8th from 11am to 2pm, there will be a FREE Meet the Locals Sample Fair at the Coralville New Pioneer Food Co-op.

Master Gardener Summer Webinar

Tuesday, September 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm at the Benton County Extension Office (501 1st Ave, Vinton)

The Master Gardener Summer Webinar titled “Efficient Home Landscape Irrigation” presented by Mike Baron will be shown at the Benton County Extension Office. For question, contact Greg Walston at 319.472.4739.

Registration: Required by Monday, September 2nd.

Collaboration as a Beginning Farmer Strategy

Wednesday, September 4th, 9:30am at Mogo Organic Farm (2542 Iowa Ave, Mount Pleasant)

This is the first of two events being held in tandem this day to highlight strategies related to agritourism, speciality crops and related topics. Lunch will be served at the second event at 12:30 p.m.

Beginning farmer Morgan Hoenig is using various collaborations – from multifaceted strategies to people partnerships – to help get Mogo Organic Farm established. Years of diverse vegetable production are now joined with diverse marketing efforts. Among them, Morgan is currently renovating an old barn into an agri-tourism and retail infrastructure, with a walk-in cooler and Coolbot and vegetable preparation and retail areas. A three-farm marketing collaboration has also resulted in Green Share Organic CSA as well as a shared-use equipment research project. One of two field days being held this day to highlight these topics, this one is from a beginning farmer’s perspective. Visit http://practicalfarmers.org/events_detail.php?eid=562 or contact Morgan Hoenig at 319.931.1458 for more information.

Dissecting the Specialty Farm Experience

Wednesday, September 4th, 12:30pm at Harvestville Farm (1977 Iowa Route 2, Donnellson)

This is the second of two events being held in tandem this day to highlight strategies related to agritourism, speciality crops and related topics. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. ~ RSVPs Requested

Explore the Hohl family’s diverse on-farm strategies that integrate agritourism, value-added products and specialty crop production. Tour the Retail Barn with sales floor, play area, educational area and corn maze. See a design area where guests create wreaths, harvest baskets, scarecrows, birdhouses and more. Discuss particulars of how the Hohl family produces a diverse array of products, from jams and salsas to cookies, breads and cobblers. Enjoy a wagon ride tour of the fields that include 35 acres of pumpkins, squash and hard-shell gourds spanning more than 100 varieties, and hear the specifics of creating a destination farm and managing it over time.

RSVP to: Lauren Zastrow, 515.232.5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org, by Monday, September 2nd.

Outstanding Trees for the Midwest Home Garden Class

Wednesday, September 4th, 6:30-7:30pm at the Marion Public Library (1095 6th Ave, Marion)

Linn County Master Gardener Mike Anderson will help you discover trees that make excellent additions to the home landscape. Mike will discuss his favorites for fall color, spring blooms, unique leaf shape, trunk structure, or growth habit. Call 319.377.9839 for more information.

Registration: Not required

Backyard Chicken Basics

Thursday, September 5th, 7pm at Indian Creek Nature Center

This workshop covers the basic information needed to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that enables them to get a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids.

Registration: Required by 4pm on Wednesday, September 4th. Call 319.362.0664 or visit http://www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/store/adults/backyard-chicken-basics-95/ to register.

Cost: M: $7, NM: $10

Workshop: Seed Saving and Tomato Tasting at Lowe Park Greenhouse

Saturday, September 7th, 4-6pm at the Lowe Park Greenhouse (4500 N. 10th St, Marion)

Seed Saving: Linn County Master Gardener Shelby Foley will lead this hands-on workshop in the methods for selecting, collecting and saving seeds for the next gardening season. At the end of the workshop, participants will be provided a map and a few containers to collect seeds from the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. The event will be held in the Lowe Park Greenhouse, and starts at 4:00 PM.
Tomato Tasting: Join the Linn County Master Gardeners at the Lowe Park Greenhouse for a tomato tasting. If the tomatoes cooperate, there will be approximately 26 varieties consisting of a mix of heirlooms and hybrids, from cherries to beefsteak. The tasting runs from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

For questions, contact Michelle Kenyon Brown at 319.377.9839 or mkenyonb@iastate.edu.

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