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PFI hosting ‘next gen’ retreat Feb. 19-20

By Staff | Feb 12, 2016

BOONE – Practical Farmers of Iowa will host its 2016 next generation retreat from 1 p.m. Feb. 19 to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Des Moines Y Camp near Boone.

The retreat is designed for beginning and aspiring farmers of all ages, farm enterprises and farm sizes.

The retreat combines education on farm business planning with time to build relationships with fellow beginning farmers.

This year’s retreat will focus on two broad topics – farm financials, including financial terms and financial components of a business plan; and effective marketing strategies.

Craig Chase, an Iowa State University Extension local foods specialist, and co-author of Fearless Farm Finances, will guide participants through basic farm financial documents including how to use them to gauge the performance of their farms and identify areas to improve.

Livestock farmer Ethan Book, of Crooked Gap Farm, near Knoxville; and vegetable grower Jordan Clasen, of Grade A Gardens, near Des Moines; will each lead the group through their marketing strategies.

In addition, one-on-one financial consultations will be available during the workshops.

The cost is $20 for PFI members and $40 for non-members. Registration fees include all materials and workshop costs, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, snacks throughout, and bunk-style lodging in cabins.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the Friday night potluck. PFI will provide the main dish.

To register or for more information, contact Steve Carlson at (515) 232-5661.

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