Friday, February 13, 2009

Conference Season

Well, it's conference season for the sustainable ag community! I like conference season because it's a chance to see what other people are doing, talk about your ideas, and learn and network. The PFI (Practical Farmers of Iowa) conference was in early January, and the INCA (Iowa Network for Community Agriculture) conference was last weekend. ( and Based on talking to people at these conferences, I think we're going to try to do a few things for our business and our customers. We're going to try to make our currently annual newsletter reflect more about our beliefs and goals as well as what we're selling. I think we'll also try to make it a little more frequent. We've decided not to do pork this year, but it's still on the horizon. We did also join the Iowa Food Cooperative which has pickups monthly in Des Moines, and I think that will be good for expanding our customer base. 
 On another note, I finished a little quilt for my friend, Aubrey Ewalt, who is due soon. It's not very big (about 30" square), and it's the first quilt I've machine quilted; which was interesting and kind of fun. I usually hand quilt my work. I've decided to start posting quilts I finish on this blog, with the exception of those that are for other people who haven't seen them yet! (Kate Pickett, I'm talking to you.... I have one done for your currently nonexistant wedding!)  :-)