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Ames preschool celebrates Iowa Local Food Day

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist, and Emily Paull, administrative specialist October 11 marked Iowa’s second statewide Local Food Day. This year schools across the state served more than 20 different locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt, grains, eggs and beef, pork and turkey.  Fifty school districts registered at IowaLocalFoodDay.org and committed to serving at … Continue reading Ames preschool celebrates Iowa Local Food Day

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Rainwater catchment systems for produce irrigation

by Joe Hannan, Commercial Horticultural Field Specialist Rainwater as an irrigation source is continuing to grow in popularity across Iowa. Shawn Shouse and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University designed their first high tunnel catchment system in 2010. Since then the system designs and intricacies have expanded to ever-larger volumes of water collected, collection from … Continue reading Rainwater catchment systems for produce irrigation

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Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm

by Emily Coll, program coordinator Scott and Julie Wilber have been farming in Boone County for more than 10 years. Wilber’s Produce provides area residents with delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables grown on 18 acres. They erected a high tunnel in 2010, which enabled them to offer tomatoes and other vegetables earlier than their … Continue reading Wilber’s Produce: the evolution of a vegetable and fruit farm