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PFI Field Day: Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

Event Details

August 2, 2015 3:00 PM — August 2, 2015 5:00 PM
Location: Pheasant Run Farm
6925 19th Ave.
Van Horne, IA 52346
Contact Name: Practical Farmers of Iowa
Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Phone: (515) 232-5661
Website: practicalfarmers.org

Event Description

Eric and Ann Franzenburg use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage their farm. Eric and Ann will demonstrate how to use machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Participants will be able to try out the tools in the field. Eric and Ann will also provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners.

•Tractors 101 and safety
•Raised bed maker
•Reigi weeder
•Hydrostat tractor
•Other tractors (36-105 hp)
•3-point customized transplanter
•High tunnel hand tools and seeders
•High tunnel bed prep
•Irrigation infrastructure

The Farm
Eric and Ann Franzenburg returned to Eric’s family farm in 1992, where the family produced corn, soybeans and hogs. They have since added many enterprises to the farm, including medicinal herbs, cut flowers, berries and vegetables. The farm has five greenhouses heated with a corn boiler and an unheated high tunnel, in addition to field crops and hogs.

From the east: From U.S. 30, turn right (north) on U.S. 218 and drive 3 miles. Turn left (west) on County Road E-44 / 70th Street. Travel through the town of Van Horne and turn right (north) on 19th Avenue (gravel) about 1.5 miles west of Van Horne. The farm is the first on the left side of the road (you’ll see the greenhouses).
From the west: From U.S. 30, turn left (north) on State Route 200 and travel through Keystone. Just north of Keystone turn right (east) on County Road E-44 / 70th Street; go about 5 miles and turn left on 19th Avenue.

Stay for a potluck following the field day. Franzenburgs will provide pulled pork sandwiches; please bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own tableware. RSVPs requested. RSVP for meal to: Lauren Zastrow, lauren@practicalfarmers.org or (515) 232-5661 by Thursday, July 30.

Sponsored by: Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District