Workshop Looks at Adding Native Perennial Plantings on the Farm

Iowa Learning Farms and ISU Extension and Outreach offer a native plantings workshop at Whiterock Conservancy

June 18, 2019, 9:13 am | Liz Ripley

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a native perennial plantings workshop July 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Whiterock Conservancy Burr Oak Visitor’s Center. The event is free, open to families and includes a complimentary meal.

farmland with blue cloudy sky by maksymowicz/ The workshop is for those curious about installing native perennial plantings, now popular because of the many benefits they offer wildlife and pollinators, as well as soil and water quality improvement. Workshop participants will learn about the many opportunities to maintain, restore and seed new native plantings on the farm; opportunities such as areas of marginal land where row crop returns are low, along field edges and around the homestead. Those at the workshop 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 natural resource ecology and management, and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University.

The July 9 workshop will be held at Whiterock Conservancy Burr Oak Visitor’s Center, 1436 IA-141, Coon Rapids. 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  

This 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.

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Photo credit: American farmland with blue cloudy sky by maksymowicz/


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