Organic Field Day


Planning, Research & Intercropping on a CSA Farm

Genuine Faux Farm
2345 150th Street
Tripoli, Iowa

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

Organized by Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Are you curious about how a small, diversified CSA farm plans for and manages a wide range of crops with varying requirements? Come learn about one approach that includes intercropping techniques and quick turn-around cover crops, along with heritage and open-pollinated varieties whenever possible. Rob and Tammy Faux will share what has worked (and not worked) in their complex rotations and field plans. Learn about current SARE-funded research involving paper mulch in cucurbits and the Practical Farmers yield data collection project. Enjoy a tour of the 15-acre farm, which will include movable high tunnels, pastured poultry and the vegetable production fields.

The Farm

Rob and Tammy started Genuine Faux Farm in 2004. Their farm business focuses on a 120-member CSA and includes certified organic vegetables, fruit, poultry and starter plants. Rob and Tammy have served as mentors in Practical Farmers’ Labor4Learning Program and Savings Incentive Program, and have participated in numerous PFI research projects.

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