Seed Starting Farminar Today & Farminar Schedule

Seed Starting
Practical Farmers of Iowa – Farminar Tonight is Seed Starting 101: Two Examples presented by Susan Jutz, Glen Elsbernd
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. CST

For fruit and vegetable producers, the growing season begins long before the first crops are actually planted in the ground. There are many variations to the process of starting seeds indoors, and each farm has unique methods and schedules according to its goals, markets and available resources. Hear about seed-starting from two horticulture farmers who grow for different end markets: Susan Jutz, who grows produce for a CSA, and Glen Elsbernd, who grows plant starts and produce for market.

  • Susan Jutz owns and operates ZJ Farms near Solon, Iowa, raising vegetables for Local Harvest CSA, the 200-member Community Supported Agriculture business she helps to supply. Susan has participated in numerous on-farm research projects with Practical Farmers, and was the 2014 recipient of PFI’s Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award.
  • Glen Elsbernd and his wife Beth have been farming near Ridgeway, Iowa, since 2008. They now own and operate G It’s Fresh, a certified organic farm that primarily grows wholesale and custom plant starts in their two heated greenhouses.
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Winter Farminar Schedule


Jan. 12 – “Nuts and Bolts of Small Grains Production” Presented by Klaas Martens.  Now Archived!
Jan. 19 – “What a Small Grain Crop Can Afford You: Diverse Covers for Grazing” Presented by Mark Peterson and Colten Catterton. Now Archived!

Jan. 26 – 

“Benefits of a Small Grain in Organic Rotations”

Presented byGeorge Schaefer and Erin Silva. Now Archived!

Feb. 2 – 

“Moveable High Tunnels: Pros and Cons”

Presented by Mike Bollinger. Now Archived!

Feb. 9 – 

“Herbicide Restriction Considerations for Using Cover Crops as Forage”

Presented by Joe Sellers and Tim Palmer. Now Archived!

Feb. 16 – 

“Seed Starting 101: Two Examples”

Presented by Susan Jutz and Glen Elsbernd


Feb. 23 – 

“Walk-in Cooler Considerations and Construction”

Presented by Tim Landgraf and Tony Thompson


March 1 –  

“Important Farm Financials”

Presented by Paul Quam

March 8 –  

“Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments: Are They Necessary?”

Presented by Dick Sloan and Matt O’Neal

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