Planting Garlic in December

Postville third-grade students took advantage of an unseasonally warm December afternoon to plant garlic in the elementary school garden. Three third-grade classes joined FoodCorps service member Claire outdoors to plant garlic cloves before the ground froze for the coming Winter months. Students considered the seemingly unusual Fall planting process, as many think about planting seeds in the Spring for Summer and Fall harvest. The groups talked about the near year-long process of planting, growing, harvesting and curing efforts that make the garlic plant ready for culinary uses. Continue reading

Major Grant to Support Beginning Farmers

We are excited to announce that Practical Farmers of Iowa — along with the Center for Rural Affairs, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa and Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition — has been awarded a grant of nearly $578,000 through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). PFI is one of 36 organizations to receive a total of $17.7 million in funding. Continue reading

Wigglers move inside for winter

Here is an update from the environmental projects monitoring class at Central High School aka Central Green Team. Last year, they installed a large worm bin inside of the bus garage. This year they purchased a stackable worm bin for inside housing during the cold months. All 15,000 of the little red wigglers are happy and warm in their new home. They are still getting fed food scraps from the lunch room. The liquid that comes off the compost is collected and used to fertilize the lettuce that they have been growing in the greenhouse to use in the lunch room. Continue reading