ABOUT US

THE FARM


We are a 10 acre (Watershed Mitigation Farm) that includes two NRCS designed retention basins as tools in our quest to create real sustainability.  The basins capture surface and tile water which allows the nutrient rich water to flow through the drip irrigation system to our high tunnel and orchard.  In addition, the farmstead offers educational opportunities on the topics of small scale production, peri-urban farming , agroforesty, and beekeeping.

OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to provide an educational space that allows for reproduciable, hands-on demonstrations about profitable, health and resilient, sustainable agriculture.

Awards & Honors

2012 Nourish Iowa Award

2013 Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health

2013 FoodCorps Community Partner Award

2016 Community Service Award , Community Youth Opportunities

2016 Sustainability Project of the Year Award from Des Moines Urban Ambassadors

2017 Best Development Award for Water shed Mitigation, 1000 Friends of Iowa

2017 Soil Conservationist of the Year, Iowa Division of Izaak Walton League of America

OUR VISION AND OUR GOALS

An Iowa agricultural system that showcases the connection between healthy living and what we eat--shifting the paradigm to eating healthy, nutritious food, promoting financial resilience and living an energetic and sustainable life.

Healthy Food:  grow nutritious food  as an educational tool about agriculture and how it affects our bodies


Agriculture Entrepreneurs:  develop beginning farmers from all walks of life in this new sector  of small-scale, innovative farming.



Small Scale:  showcase opportunities for agriculture production on small tracts of land and develop satellite sites around the nation.


Resilience:  provide clean and safe water for our homes with innovative  water management techniques.