From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition

Check out this great article about 31 year-old Joe Rowland, who decided to live the dream!

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

From restaurant to farm: Planting seeds brings his dream to fruition | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

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Apple Orchard Seeking New Farmer

You need an apple orchard/produce farm. We have one for sale. We’ve got what you need to get started here in Iowa…a house and everything.

We need someone who believes in what we do to take over our small farm and make it their own. Due to health reasons, Mom and Dad need to retire from the work of the farm, and we want to find someone to carry on what they have started.

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The apple orchard was started by my dad over 30 years ago. There are over 500 semi-dwarf apple trees of over 75 different varieties. All are mature, fruit-producing trees.

In addition, there are dozens of mature, fruit-producing blueberry bushes and a mature asparagus crop.

Want to raise goats or chickens? We don’t have any right now, but there’s room here for them if you would be so inclined. We sell our produce all locally, mostly through the area farmers’ markets, and you could do the same. Maybe you would want to supply local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores with some great local produce.

We need you to take over what they have started, make it your own, and make it grow.

It’s all up to you. Now is the time to do this!

Contact me if you want to know more…

iowaorchard {at} gmail {dot} com

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Restaurants take a fresh look at local produce

From today’s Chicago Tribune, Business: Restaurants take a fresh look at local produce.

February 12, 2012

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Bronwyn Weaver, left, owner of Heritage Prairie Farm and farm manager Nate Sumner, harvest a cold weather variety of spinach, growing in one of the farm’s greenhouses. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / February 12, 2012)

 

 

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Small Farms, Local Food

Are you looking to get into the world of small farming? Want to join the local food movement? We have been selling at local Farmers’ Markets for over 25 years here in central Iowa. There is a great following of local food consumers in this area.

Establishing perennial produce crops can take years from inception to true harvest. This farm has established, fruit-bearing apple trees, blueberry bushes, and asparagus crops that anchor this great acreage. You can move right in and have these established crops with all the equipment you need to continue production on this farm. Meanwhile, you can choose to expand the current production to make this farm your own. The heated hoop house greenhouse is ready to go…we’ve used it for tomato and cucumber crops for many years with great success.

Start the farm you’ve always wanted with everything you need to farm from day one. A small farmer’s dream come true…waiting for you…right here in Iowa.

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Be like the Beekman Boys

OK, so it’s not exactly the Beekman Farm, but it could be yours! You need an apple orchard/produce farm. We have one for sale. We’ve got what you need to get started here in Iowa…a house and everything. This is the house where I grew up along with my 6 brothers and sisters.

Here’s the apple orchard planted by my dad. There are over 500 semi-dwarf apple trees of over 75 different varieties.

So we don’t have goats or a llama right now, but there’s room here for them if you would be so inclined. We sell our produce all locally, mostly through the area farmers’ markets, and you could do the same. Maybe you would want to supply local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores with some great local produce. It’s all up to you. We need someone who believes in what we do to take over our small farm and make it their own. Mom and Dad need to retire from the work of the farm, and we want to find someone to carry on what they have started.

Contact me if you want to know more…

iowaorchard {at} gmail {dot} com

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On the market

My family’s Iowa apple orchard is on the market. For Sale. We hope to find new caretakers of the 5 acres where I grew up, along with the 500 or so apple trees planted by my Dad. Mom and Dad are ready to retire, and they would love to pass on their farm to someone who will make it their own.

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Orchard For Sale

The orchard is for sale…here is your chance to have your own small farm. It has everything you need to jump right in. The orchard is fully mature and established. So much more land is available for you to farm and expand. Great place to live with a priceless view!

Start living your dream!

Here is the listing.

The listed price is $299,921. If you would like more information about the farm, you can still contact me via iowaorchard {at} gmail {dot} com. I will be going there this weekend for Thanksgiving with family. Wish you could join us!

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