Who we are
The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association was established in 1984 to promote the interests of fruit and vegetable growers of the state through meetings, access to information, research, networking and mentoring opportunities. The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association continues to thrive and operates with a nine-member board. IFVGA remains an affiliate of its grandparent organization, the Iowa State Horticultural Society.
2020 IFVGA Lifetime Achievement Award Winners!
The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association presented two IFVGA Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Iowa Specialty Producers Awards Banquet. These individuals have dedicated many years of service and commitment to our organization and industry. Congratulations to Dean & Judy Henry (Berry Patch Farms) and Helen & the late Dave Huitink (Pumpkinland).
SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars for Janaury 21-22 for the 2021 Iowa Specialty Producers Conference!
More Iowans than ever are exploring how to home preserve their garden bounty to enjoy that fresh taste of summer all year long. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two new online workshops to help Iowans safely “Preserve the Taste of Summer.” Learn more…
The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t far from the truth. Apples are a popular fruit due to their taste and nutritional benefits. Apples are a good source of fiber and rich in antioxidants, while also being low in sodium and naturally cholesterol-free. These nutritional characteristics help lower the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes. There are more than 2,500 apple varieties that can be grown in the United States. The Iowa climate is good for several popular cultivars as outlined in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Fruit Cultivars for Iowa handout. Learn more…
Strong and healthy local food systems are more important than ever for communities during the ongoing pandemic. The Community Food Systems team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers timely support, now offering its Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems trainings and certifications in a virtual format. Learn more…