And the Iowa State Fair is on!

This is the first year Iowa Learning Farms has exhibited at the Iowa State Fair. We have one of our Conservation Station trailers in the Farm Bureau park, located between the varied industries building and the administration building. The Farm Bureau folks are great hosts (as well as one of ILF’s partners) and the park is a lovely setting, complete with shady spots to sit and native Iowa plantings.

ILF intern Becca Meerdink talks to fair attendees about watersheds in the Farm Bureau Park at the Iowa State Fair.

The ILF team will be at the Conservation Station each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm, demonstrating the rainfall simulator, which shows the effects of rainfall on several surfaces including intense tillage and no-till. Team members are also using an Enviroscape to teach kids and adults about watersheds.

Just on the first day we received numerous comments about our messages–all highly positive. People are very appreciative of the demonstrations and told us we did an excellent job at calling attention to the consequences of how we treat soil and water  (negatively and positively).

I spoke with the gentleman who runs the homemade pizza truck just across from us. He said, “I attend state fairs all over the country and have never seen anything like this. This is unique. I’m going to have to tell the Kansas and Missouri state fair folks about what you have here.”

The view looking south at the Conservation Station, including the pizza vendor. Looking at the sea of food vendors and smelling the melded aromas made choosing where to eat very difficult.

I have known for a long time that “our state fair is a great state fair.” It is great to be a part of it.

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