We’re working to connect people in central Iowa with good food. Our model is evolving — we’re learning as we go! In 2014-2015, we had a traditional CSA. In 2016 we only sold through the Iowa Food Coop. Since 2017, we’ve been marketing all of our products via the delivery business we brought out to our farm: Prudent Produce. Prudent Produce serves as a food hub — making it possible to get produce, eggs, dairy items, meats, honey, maple syrup, grains – and more! from scores of Iowa producers while also getting great organic produce all-year long.
Why are we doing what we do?
In 1900, Iowa had a population of 2,231,000 people and had 228,622 farms. In 2017, Iowa had a population of 3,142,000 people and had 86,900 farms.
In 1900, the average farm size was 151 acres. 340 farms were over 1,000 acres. In 2017, the average farm size was 355 acres; more than 8400 farms were over 1,000 acres.
In 1900, there were more than 3000 farms (averaging 38 acres) with principal income from growing fruits or vegetables. In 2017, 1094 farms harvested 7704 acres of vegetables (2739 of those acres were sweet corn, 919 pumpkins, 891 green peans, and 733 potatoes).
Why these stats?
Small farms tend to be more diverse.
Diversity leads to resilience.
Resilience leads to long-term stability.
Stability leads to prosperity – of the land, and the people who rely upon it.