Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a free webinar on how to get the most out of a farm employment or employer position this season, on Tuesday, March 26, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. central daylight time. The webinar, titled "Network with other PFI Beginning Farmer Trainees and Trainers," will explore ways beginning farmers can get the most from their jobs this season and how farm employers can provide a better learning experience for employees.
The webinar will feature two farmers, Julia Slocum and Jill Beebout, who will share insights from their roles and experience as a beginning farmer employee and experienced farm employer.
Julia Slocum, of Lacewing Acres farm in Ames, is starting her first year of raising vegetables on her own. Previously, she spent two years working on farms in the Midwest to explore her interests and learn new skills. Jill Beebout, of Blue Gate Farm near Chariton, has employed seasonal workers for seven years. She has hired a range of people, from teenagers working their first job to people interested in eventually starting their own farms.
Learn how to get the most from a farm worker or employer role this season
Practical Farmers of Iowa developed these interactive webinars – called farminars – in an effort to help farmers learn from each other. Farminars are led by farmers, and many are presented in a "fish-bowl" format where attendees listen as an experienced farmer answers a beginning farmer's questions. To participate or see upcoming farminars, go to the PFI website. All archived farminars and audio podcasts of past farminars are also available at this link. The series is open to anyone and any computer with an Internet connection may be used to participate.
Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2013 winter farminars are made possible with funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Grant # 2010-49400-21843; USDA Risk Management Agency; USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Cedar Tree Foundation; Ag Ventures Alliance; John Deere; Walton Family Foundation; and Clif Bar.
Founded in 1985, PFI is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in the PFI network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits, vegetables and more. For information call 515-232-5661 or visit the PFI website.