Join us for a free Organic Field Day at the Midwest Organic Center on Wednesday, August 17 from 9AM – 4PM

During the event we will lead a tour of the farm, provide an overview of our research, and introduce you to our organic consultants and scientists. Please register below to attend!


AM Programming – Etzel Sugar Grove Farm, 3706 St. Peters Road, Marion, Iowa 52402

PM Programming – Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Event Details

  • 8:30-9:00 AM – Pre-event drone demonstration
  • 9:00-11:15 AM – Tour of farm and research projects, including:
    • Rye and black beans study
    • Agroforestry initiative and livestock integration
    • Crop diversity project
    • Corn and buckwheat study
    • Vegetable demonstration plots and prairie strips
  • 11:15 AM-12:00 PM – Equipment demonstrations

Afternoon programming will take place at Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

  • 12:30-1:00 PM – Free boxed lunch for registered attendees
  • 1:00-1:45 PM – Keynote speaker: Dan Fillius, Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist for Commercial Vegetables and Specialty Crops
  • 1:45-2:15 PM – Dr. Kathleen Delate: An overview of Organic no-till Research at Iowa State University
  • 2:30 PM-4:00 PM Panel Presentation: Crop Diversification & Marketing, moderated by Bridget Gilmore. Rodale Institute market coordinator panelists include:
    • Jason Grimm, Grimm Family Farm
    • Kim Anderson, Blueberry Bottom Farm
    • Caleb Akin and Noah Wendt, A&W Farms
    • Mike Schulist, National Farmers

Cocktail & Fundraising Event

Following our Field Day, we invite you to join us for a cocktail hour and fundraising reception. The evening will feature cocktails, and a selection of locally sourced organic hors d’oeuvres.

The Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center is a non-profit research hub and we depend on your financial support to reach our goals. Please join us to help grow our outreach and education for organic farmers in Iowa and beyond. Recommended attire is Farm Smart.

Please register below to attend!


Thank you for your interest. Registration for this event is now closed. If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about attending, please contact


If you have questions about this field day event, please contact Tammy Hobar at