Beginning Farmer Retreat - Ames, Iowa
In addition to networking with other farmers, attendees will set goals and create action plans for achieving them. Programming will be offered for both aspiring and beginning farmers, with experts and peers facilitating the sessions and assisting with work time.
Who: If you are starting or thinking about starting a farm, you should plan to attend.
When: Friday, Dec. 13 at noon to Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Where: Oakwood Road Community Center, 2400 Oakwood Rd., in Ames, Iowa
This annual event, hosted by our friends at Practical Farmers of Iowa, brings beginning farmers together to network, plan and discuss ways to improve their farms while helping to build a sense of community among this fast-growing farming demographic.
The first Next Generation Retreat took place in 2009, and it has been an annual event ever since. The two-day retreat has become a popular networking and business planning event that helps beginners share and learn from each other, as well as select experienced farmer speakers. Farm knowledge, food and friendship are freely shared. The retreat takes place each year between November and March and is open to all beginning farmers, regardless of age, enterprise or membership status.
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