16 Hands Family Farm

It started with a dream…

And an opportunity to purchase a small central Iowa acreage in the summer of 2016. There, in the turn of the century farmhouse, and in the shadow of the old brick barn which sits at the southern edge of the yard, we founded 16 Hands Family Farm. And our dream of working our own land to produce a diverse variety of fruit and vegetables became a reality.

Growing up in Oregon, both Katie and I were surrounded by acres of orchard and strawberry fields and an endless amount of freshly grown produce. We loved going to the farmstands and buying our food directly from the farmers who planted and harvested it with their own hands. There’s a special connection in that exchange that we knew we wanted to be a part of. And it’s the same experience we want to bring to our community here in Iowa.

Our farm is built on the idea of sustainability. We want to be responsible stewards of the land we have been blessed with while serving our community with an abundance of good, nutritious food. Many of our crops are grown on permanent beds, and we are experimenting with different forms of no-till and minimum till farming to preserve the quality of our soil. We also want to stay as diverse as possible in what we grow. If you come out to the farm, you’ll find everything from raspberries, strawberries and pumpkins to tomatoes, peppers and green beans. And don’t forget our chickens!

There are several ways to purchase fresh produce from 16 Hands Family Farm. You can sign up to be a part of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and receive a weekly box filled with a different variety of vegetables for 20 weeks, or 10 weeks for a half share. For more information email us at theoldbrickbarn@hotmail.com

You can also find us at the Jewell Farmer’s Market starting in June!

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In everything you do, enjoy the ride. Life is too good to miss.

Thanks for following along.