Friday and Saturday I attended the annual Practical Farmers of Iowa conference in Des Moines. We’ve been members for a couple of years now but this was the first time I’d attended the conference. I’m not even sure how I found out about PFI, but I do know I immediately felt like these were “my people”. It is an organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture, education, farmer research, and community. This year’s conference was focused on beginning and transitioning farmers, but there were a variety of workshops over a range of topics. Saturday’s keynote speakers were really inspirational.
I got to connect with old friends, share a car ride and a hotel room with my friend Lisa from Gracious Acres , eat way too much good Iowa food, and make some new connections. I came home with several ideas to think over and have already taken steps to pursue one of them. All in all a successful trip!