WAUKON, Iowa —
Kyle Holthaus refers to KyMar Acres, his family's farm near Waukon, as a work in progress.
Kyle and his wife, Mari, and their children Teddy, 8, and Violet, 6, grow vegetables, herbs, bedding plants, cut and potted flowers and tend a flock of 600 laying hens.
"We helped Iowa get first place in eggs," Teddy said proudly referring to Iowa's ranking first in the nation in egg production.
Violet explained that she and her brother collect all the eggs.
Mari said they farm five of their 15 acres. Her parents, Lee and Kathy Newman of Mabel, Minn., farm with them. The Newmans... Read More
By Tom Larson
ARS Soils Lab scientist Frank Forcella calls himself a “weed guy” who sits around with colleagues trying to figure out how to kill plants. The discussions get pretty creative, and sometimes they sound downright goofy.
That was the first reaction when Forcella got this idea: “I was sitting around thinking, ‘I wonder if we could use a sandblaster to kill weeds?’ ”
Well, as often happens with really smart people, a crazy notion turns out to be not so crazy after all. In fact, Forcella’s idea has netted him and the lab almost $175,000... Read More
Farm Beginnings is a program originated by the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota. Dakota Rural Action licensed the program in 2009 with help from an NCR-SARE Research and Education grant and will graduate the first class of beginning farmers this summer.
To read more about this NCR-SARE Research and Educaiton project, visit the SARE project reporting... Read More
DODGEVILLE, Wisconsin (May 27, 2010)--Today, Matt Sweeny announced the launch of Simple Earth Hops, a Dodgeville, Wisconsin new farming business, who will provide ethically grown hops to local beer producers.
Simple Earth Hops is a new 1/4 acre hopyard located at Greenspirit Farm CSA in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The hopyard was founded with the idea of providing a much needed agricultural product for local craft brewers. Simple Earth Hops was established to demonstrate that local farmers can produce a consistent, sustainable supply of ultra high quality hops by... Read More