With the encouragement of Practical Farmers of Iowa, we will be having a field class on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 -4:00 pm.
This field class will focus on a variety of tree crops suitable for forest farming systems in Iowa. Attendees will learn about
the production, maintenance and marketing of a handful of the 75 species of crop trees and shrubs found at Red Fern
Farm. Tom and Kathy will take guests on a tour through their agroforestry farm that specializes in nut, fruit and berry
crops, as well as medicinal forest plants, and discuss how they market their crops through U-pick. There will also be an
opportunity to sample some of the non-traditional crops featured throughout the day.
Registration is required: This event is free, but attendance
is limited to 50 people. To register, contact Debra
Boekholder, firstname.lastname@example.org or
(515) 232-5661 by Monday, September 3.
1:00 Welcome to Red Fern Farm
1:05 Practical Farmers of Iowa Introduction
1:15 Iowa Farmers Union Introduction
1:20 Sustainable Iowa Land Trust Introduction
1:25 Split into two groups and heads to groves
1:30 Group lead by Kathy Dice learns about chestnuts.
Group lead by Tom Wahl learns about Asian
pears, heartnuts, and pawpaws.
2:30 Snacks back by farm entrance
3:00 Groups switch and go to new groves, learn from other guide
4:00 Finale questions and head home
See a field guide of other Practical Farmers of Iowa events at https://www.practicalfarmers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Field-Day-Guide_web.pdf .