IOA Field Day: Transitioning to Organic -- Farm Tour and Discussion

Blake and Sally Hollis are inviting us to their farm in Waterloo on Monday, August 12 at 1 p.m. for a hands-on opportunity to learn tips and tools to help with a successful organic transition.

This free field day will include a tour of Lanehaven Farms, a cover crop demonstration, and discussions with the Black Hawk County NRCS and SWCD about resources available for new organic producers. 

About the farm

Since 1947, family-owned Lanehaven Farms has championed innovation, stewardship of the land, and care for the people who work there. Farm owners Blake and Sally Hollis have become well-known in their community, receiving several county and state-level awards for their commitment to conservation and stewardship. The farm started transitioning to organic in 2022 and now produces certified organic corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in addition to their sustainably grown pork and row crops.

True to their innovative roots, Blake and Sally have made numerous partnerships over the years to manage the risk of adopting conservation-based practices. These partnerships have allowed them to experiment with strategies such as no-till soybeans, bioreactors, roller crimping, and wetland restoration -- all while building a supportive network and model that can be transferred to other newly organic operations. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Blake, Sally, and and their community about tools and techniques for organic transition!


Email [email protected] if you wish to set up a table at this event.

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work that is supported by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the project number 15061 titled "Risk Management Outreach and Education for Beginning, Transitioning and Organic Producers". Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the RMA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

August 12, 2024 at 1:00pm - 4pm
Lanehaven Farms
7502 Hammond Ave
Waterloo, IA 50701
United States
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Ethan Book · · 641-321-3352

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