February 13, 2016

Scheman Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Make the most of your small farm or acreage! Make the most of your time, lifestyle, opportunities and networking. The Iowa Small Farms Conference is an event for people excited to learn more about opportunities with small acreage and ways they can make income on their land or improve their rural lifestyle.

The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia. Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Experts will lead sessions in three relevant tracks throughout the day on a wide variety of topics including orchard establishment, monarch consortium, ancient grains, small-scale machinery sharing, taking your recipe to market and much more. A trade show will allow attendees to network with companies.

Keynote speaker

Daniel Salatin is the son of Joel Salatin, innovative farmer, writer and speaker. As the third generation on Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, he has grown up in the family business.

Polyface services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.

Today Daniel is fully employed by the farm and spends his days orchestrating animal movement, scheduling daily tasks and apprentice training. At thirty-one, Daniel is married to wife Sheri and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.

Conference Program

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Program coordinator

Christa Hartsook

Small Farms/Acreage Living/ Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
(515) 294-4430




Advance and online registration has closed for this event to begin preparing attendee materials. Registrations will be accepted at the door the day of the conference.


Early registration – $70
Must be received by midnight, February 5, 2016
Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by this date.

Late or on-site registration – $80
Cash, check or credit card accepted at the door.

Students - receive a $20 discount on the registration fee. Select the student discount option during online registration.

Media - members of the media are welcome to attend the conference without charge. We do request you register to assist with planning. Select the "media discoutn' option during registration to receive no-charge registration.

Please complete registration online or mail in the form with payment. Phone registrations are not accepted.

Registration includes lunch, refreshments and handouts.


Exhibitor registration is available for $150 and includes two registrations and one display space (6' covered and skirted table). Exhibitor registrations must be receive before midnight, February 5, 2016 to participate. Exhibitor registration may be completed online or using the conference registration form.

Meeting location

Scheman Continuing Education Building

Iowa State Center, Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011

Registration questions

For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at
(515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Support provided by

Supported by a grant from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

SARE’s mission is to advance – to the whole of American agriculture – innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. To learn more about SARE programs in the North Central region visit www.northcentralsare.org