Iowa Learning Farms Hosts Natives Workshop at Smeltzer Farm

Learn how native perennial plantings benefit the soil, water, wildlife and polinators

May 23, 2019, 1:18 pm | Liz Ripley

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a native perennial plantings workshop Thursday, June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Smeltzer Farm, rural Otho. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.

native plants covering a hill top.Native perennial plantings are experiencing a growing popularity among Iowa farmers and landowners because of their benefits for wildlife and pollinators, as well as improving soil and water quality. There are many opportunities for new native plantings on the farm, including areas of marginal land where row crop returns are low, along field edges and around the homestead. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about native perennial plantings, ask questions and share their experiences.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms program director; Emily Heaton, assistant professor of agronomy; and Lisa Schulte-Moore, professor in the department of natural resource ecology and management, all from Iowa State University.

The workshop will be held at Smeltzer Farm, 2610 Nelson Ave, Otho. The field day is free and open to the whole family, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. To RSVP please contact Liz Juchems 515-294-5429 or  

The event is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit


About the Authors: 

Liz Ripley

Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks!