Beginning Farmer Barriers and Strategies

beginning farmer barriers and strategies
Tuesday Farminar – Beginning Farmer Barriers and Strategies – January 30th, 7pm Central Time (also Archived)
Beginning farmers face a whole range of barriers to overcome when starting a successful farm business. Accessing startup capital and land, building a market, finding a balance between farm work and family life, and overcoming production challenges are among the many issues beginners have to navigate. In the Beginning Farmer Barriers and Strategies Webinar, beginning vegetable farmer Jenny Quiner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, and beginning livestock farmers Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl will discuss the challenges they’ve faced as well as their strategies for overcoming them.
  • Jenny Quiner started Dogpatch Urban Gardens in the fall of 2015 with the help of her husband, Eric. They farm a small-scale market garden growing produce naturally with organic principles and sustainable methods on a quarter-acre within the Des Moines city limits.
  • Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl established Woven Strong Farm in 2010 in rural Jackson County. They raise beef, pork, meat goats and eggs for direct sale to both the greater Dubuque and Maquoketa areas.

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2018 Winter Farminar Schedule
All farminars are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm CST
Presented by Clare Hintz, Elsewhere Farm, Herbster, WI
Presented by Rachael Ackerman, Blue Sky Flower Farm, New Market, MN
Jan. 30 –  

“Beginning Farmer Barriers and Strategies”
Presented by Jenny Quiner, Dogpatch Urban Gardens, Des Moines; Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl, Woven Strong Farm, La Motte
Feb. 6 –  

“Red Clover: Still the “Cadillac” of Cover Crops”
Presented by Bill Deen, University of Guelph, Ontario

Feb. 13 – “Using Natives to Create Pollinator Habitat: A Guide to Native Restoration”
Presented by Jessi Strinmoen & Dennis Pederson, Shooting Star Native Seeds, Spring Grove, MN
Feb. 20 – “Getting Started with Niche Pork”
Presented by Alyssa Juergensen, Niman Ranch, Churdan; Dan Wilson, Seven W Farms, Paullina
Feb. 27 –  

“Managing Risk on a Young Livestock Farm”
Presented by Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn, L4 Farms, Osceola; Rodney Sebastian, USDA RMA

Mar. 6 – “Planter Technology for Cash Crops in Cover Crops”
Presented by Robb Ewoldt, Davenport; Jeremy Marston, TruAcre Technology

Mar. 13 – “Direct Marketing at Seven Sons Farm”
Presented by Brooks Hitzfield, Seven Sons Farm, Roanoke, IN
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2018 winter farminars are made possible with funding from Cedar Tree, Ceres Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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