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Kevin Dietzel

Conferences: 
2012 North American Biodynamic Conference

Kevin Dietzel hails originally from Minnesota, where he spent part of his childhood at Camphill Village, a community where people with and without disabilities live and work together. After attending Watershed High School in Minneapolis, he spent three years working on three different biodynamic farms in Germany and passed the tests necessary to become a “staatlich anerkannter Landwirt,” or state-certified agriculturalist, before attending the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he got a B.A. in biology and, more importantly, met his wife Ranae. He spent four years as a soils research technician at Cornell University and Iowa State University and was the Grazing Coordinator at Practical Farmers of Iowa from March 2010 through April 2012, where he worked with grazing farmers around the state of Iowa to coordinate programming, field days, pasture walks, and to help the farmers with on-farm research projects. Currently he is working in an organic soybean processing plant. Kevin and Ranae recently moved to a 90-acre farm in central Iowa, where they are in the process of starting a grass-based biodynamic dairy and cheesery. Kevin’s wife Ranae is working on finishing her Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture and agronomy at Iowa State University. Kevin and Ranae’s son Sterling was born in March of 2011 and is already infatuated with cows, tractors, and trucks.