We are working to connect people in central Iowa with good food and we welcome you to join us in this incredible life-changing, eye-opening, and world-impacting adventure.
A Very Brief History
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. We source locally when possible, including from our own New Family Farm, and we bring in products year-round to help meet people where they are at with their eating preferences.
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 community of people who rely upon it.
We hope to be prosperous together with you.
Today, we are not prospering together. Small, diverse farming operations that focus on the health of soil, water, air, and us – members of the Iowa community who like to eat good food – are not thriving.
Topsoil is being degraded and lost faster than it is being built. Clean and safe water for drinking and recreation is increasingly at risk. Synthetic chemicals drift through our air. We are not as well — physically, mentally, spiritually, holistically – as we could be.
Tomorrow can be different. We can imagine together, and then collectively realize those dreams to create the future we want. Some areas we may not agree on, but many things we should be able to agree upon: all of us should have the opportunity to thrive!