Iowa: The Next Sustainable Food Production Hub in the U.S.

Here in the midwest, we’re the second leading producers of crops and livestock. The first is California. The trouble for most young farmers in Iowa is the high land prices and startup costs. The good news is that there is support out there for our young Iowa farmers. The Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is…

How Safe is Your Produce? 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Organic Garden

Including fresh produce in your diet is one of the most efficient ways to stay healthy and prevent disease, but did you know that conventional varieties have pesticide residues in them that will end up in your body?  The facts: The latest pesticide residue report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that…

Organic Farming: The Latest Trend in Iowa

It’s official: organic farming has taken over the State of Iowa and we’re really stoked about it!   At first, organic farmers didn’t have a market but now they can safely say their products sell themselves.   Organic farming in Iowa has increased by 31 percent in the last five years. With local farms like…

Helping the Earth with Your Organic Garden

Organic gardening can be rewarding for your household, but have you ever thought of the benefits that come with organic farming?   More consumers recognize that organic food is a healthy, ethical choice, which means they’re picking more of it up at the grocery store. Aside from financial gain, organic farming offers various benefits.  …

6 Tips for Growing Juicy, Crisp Peppers

Whether you’re adding your own transplants to your organic garden or picked some up at your local garden center, here are some ways to create the perfect pepper crop this summer.   Soil prep   Selecting the right site for your peppers is a key part of the growing process. Find a sunny, well-drained spot…