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Celebrate Garlic and Rural Iowa at Practical Farmers of Iowa Third

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									Practical Farmers of Iowa                                                                                          www.practicalfarmers.org


       Celebrate Garlic and Rural Iowa at Practical Farmers of Iowa Third Annual Garlic
       Festival


       News Release
       For Immediate Release
       August 26, 2008

       Contact: Sally Worley, Practical Farmers of Iowa, (515)232-5661, sally@practicalfarmers.org
               Rick and Stacy Hartmann, (515) 677-2438, smpotatofarm@yahoo.com
               Angela Tedesco, (515)278-4522, atedesco@worldnet.att.net
       Celebrate Garlic and Rural Iowa at Practical Farmers of Iowa Third Annual Garlic Festival
       Dallas and Boone Counties—Practical Farmers of Iowa is hosting its Third Annual Garlic Festival on September 13, and this
       year’s event is a must-attend. The day will kick off at Rick and Stacy Hartmanns’ Small Potatoes Farm near Minburn at 1:00
       p.m. The tour will continue at Angela Tedesco’s Turtle Farm near Granger at 4:00 p.m. The event will end at the Corn Crib
       near Madrid at 7:00 p.m. for a fundraiser dinner prepared by chef Donna Prizgintas that will feature the complex flavors of
       garlic.
       Joyce Lock, Des Moines resident and culinary professional attended the garlic festival last year and said that the event was “a
       great opportunity for urban people who are interested in food to appreciate the really fine products that are going into chef’s
       kitchens and going to our own tables…I love the creation of a link between the grower, the chef, and the consumer.”
       Dinner will commence with a garlic tasting, where participants sample and rate heirloom garlic varieties. Rick Hartmann,
       grower of heirloom garlic, comments that “Garlic varieties, like most of our common crops, have a rich, diverse history of
       flavor and culinary characteristics. This event is our contribution to color, flavor and community.”
       Rick and Stacy Hartmann have operated Small Potatoes Farm since 2004. They own 10 acres of land and have approximately 3
       acres of land in production each year. The Small Potatoes Farm tour will include: community supported agriculture (CSA);
       post-harvest handling; farm efficiencies; market evaluations; and organic pest controls.
       Turtle Farm is a 20-acre certified organic fruit and vegetable farm owned and operated by Angela Tedesco. Turtle Farm
       provides food for a 150-member CSA as well as a farm stand that is open two days a week. Turtle Farm has been in operation
       as a CSA since 1996, making it one of central Iowa’s first CSA programs. The Turtle Farm tour will include: on-farm
       research on weed control in raspberries with Dr. Gail Nonnecke; row covers in winter squash for pest control; preserving farm
       ground through the use of a co-housing model; day-neutral strawberries; crops for an October CSA share; and a Trees Forever
       buffer.

       The dinner is a fundraiser event for Practical Farmers of Iowa. Pre-registration is required for the dinner. Please
       RSVP to Cedar Johnson by September 8 at (515)232-5661or cedar@practicalfarmers.org.
       Directions: Small Potatoes Farm, 24629 180th St., Minburn: From Hwy 169 in Minburn, go 1.5 miles north to 180th St. Go
       1.5 miles east to the farm. Turtle Farm, Hwy 17 and Hwy 141, Granger: Turtle Farm is located on Hwy 17 at Granger, .25
       miles north of Hwy 141 on the east side of the road. From Small Potatoes, go east on 180th St. for .4 miles. Turn right onto
       Pioneer Ave. for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto 195TH ST/ CR-F31 for 9miles. Go south on Hwy 141 to Hwy 17. Turn north on Hwy
       17 and the farm is .25 miles on the east side of the road. The Corn Crib, 2265 320th, Madrid: Take Hwy 17 to Hwy 210, go 4
       miles east, turn north on Violet Ave, turn east on 320th St and go 1.1 miles east.
       Sponsored by Kitchen Collage, Trees Forever, the New Pioneer Co-op, and the Ceres Foundation. Sustaining sponsors for
       Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days are the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University Extension,
       Iowa Pork Producers Association, American Natural Soy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Midwest Organic and Sustainable
       Education Service, Midwest Organic Services Association, Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, and
       the CROPP Cooperative of Organic Valley/ Organic Prairie Family of Farms. Major sponsors for the Field Days are
       Wheatsfield Cooperative Natural Foods Grocery, Hubbard Feeds, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Iowa Forage and
       Grasslands Council, King Corn and Mosaic Films, and the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and
       Education.

       PFI is a non-profit sustainable agriculture group dedicated to farming that is profitable, environmentally sound, and
       healthy for consumers and communities. Founded in 1985, PFI has over 700 farmer and non-farmer members
       throughout Iowa. For more information, call (515)232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org. # # #




Tel: (515) 232-5661                                    137 Lynn Avenue, Suite 200                         Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Fax: (515) 232-5649                                    Ames, Iowa 50014                                   Web: www.practicalfarmers.org

								
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