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Life on the farm is fascinating.

Warren County is rich with an interesting and robust agricultural economy. Have you ever seen an organic worm casting farm or visited a horse ranch with a riding stable?

Take the Warren County Farm Tour to enjoy the bounty of nature and the hospitality of eight niche farms! Each farm showcases their unique style, products and produce. Taste and nibble on specialty foods at locations throughout the tour, pick your own berries and purchase homemade fruit pies, goat milk soaps, local jams and jellies and other locally made products.

Take a leisurely stroll (car ride) to any or all of the farms on the tour and enjoy the sites, scenes and sounds of some of Warren County’s greatest treasures. The 2017 Warren County Farm Tour is Sunday, August 27th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mark your calendars and plan to attend a day full of inspiration, fun, and learning! A great event for the whole family!

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The Tour

Host Farms
1 - Fogle's Organic Aronia Berries

Woody & Peggy Fogle
14769 Buchanan St.
Carlisle, IA

Woody and Peggy Fogle began planting Aronia berry bushes on their 40 acres in 2008 and continued planting through 2012. With the help of family and friends, what began as a field of small twigs has grown into a beautiful certified organic Aronia plantation.

Fogle’s Organic Aronia Berries has been developed on what was a former clay and coal mine. Scrub trees and brush were cleared to create the fields. The hardy shrubs have withstood harsh winters, late season frosts, hail, dry summers, and a 17-year Cicada infestation. The property features five ponds, woods, and nearly nine acres of Aronia berries.

The 5,000 Aronia bushes planted over the years should bear the high antioxidant super fruit about time for the farm tour. See for yourself how the Aronia berries flourish in Iowa and pick some for your family. Enjoy Aronia products, foods, learn a little about this unique healthy berry, take a break to enjoy the beauty of the farm, or just enjoy the view of downtown Des Moines.

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2 - Wyatt Family Farm

Mike & Traci Wyatt
5912 155th St.
Indianola, IA 50125

Where in Iowa can you find 900,000 African Night Crawlers?  At the Wyatt Family Farm, Central Iowa Organic Fertilizer (CIOF).  Here you will learn how worms are hatched, fed, grown into full sized night crawlers and how the organic worm castings are extracted, bagged and readied for delivery.  CIOF harvests about a ton of castings every three days.  Worm castings are very popular with Master Gardeners, Organic Farmers and especially with novice gardeners!  Because CIOF is organic, there is no smell.  Make sure you come and see the worms!

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3 - Edge of the Woods Raspberry Farm

Beth & Rick McGeough
15285 Fairfax Street
Indianola, IA 50125

Beth and Rick McGeough grow raspberries, red and black, blueberries, blackberries and tart cherries on their 65 acre farm. There you can pick your own berries or shop in the Berry Building for tantalizing fresh fruit pies, jams, jellies, relishes and other specialty items along with selecting from the day’s fresh picked berries. On the Farm Tour, see how the berries are grown, purchase fresh pie from Summerset Home Bakery, and enjoy locally made ice cream by the Outside Scoop (stop by their pink truck). Relax on our porch or at the picnic tables.

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4 - Annett Nature Center

15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125

The Annett Nature Center (ANC), opened in 1997, sits in the 160 acre ANC Park. The ANC rests on a hillside above a six acre pond and a ten acre wetland and is adjacent to Lake Ahquabi State Park. Features include miles of trails, prairie plantings, a butterfly garden, a wildlife viewing blind, an observation tower, fishing, a small reading/bird watching room, a full kitchen, a classroom, large deck, interactive displays, and a small collection of local species of live animals.

Stay tuned for the special activities being planned at ANC during the 2016 Warren County Farm Tour!

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5 - Laotian Farm

Air Philavanh
18204 Quincy St
Milo, IA 50166

PHRAKHOUNMANY PHILAVANH, or simply “Air” is an immigrant from Laos who is getting back to his roots on his 11 acre farm near Milo, IA. Adopting methods of farming in order to minimize costs and maximize the use of every inch of land he has implemented a rotation system to keep his ducks, chickens, goats and cattle well taken care of. Air raises specific breeds of animals that are desired by different cultures including Muskovy Duck, which are a Laotian favorite. Air invites you to experience his Farm and see for yourself why he says “Every day I work on the farm, I feel like I am on vacation.”

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6 - Ridgetop Horse Ranch

Shelly & Bill Hinrichs
14616 Shaw Place
Milo, IA 50166

Opened in 2012, we are a family owned and operated small ranch nestled just 25 minutes south of Des Moines Iowa. Our 12 x 12 stalls provide your horse with the utmost comfort while boarded at our facility. Our ranch includes 80 acres of timber and pasture ground along with gravel roads for your outdoor riding experience.
120ft x 60ft indoor arena is available for all boarders.

Basic riding lessons are available for all ages. When you are done riding, plan a party in our 40 person banquet room with indoor temperature controlled viewing area of the arena. GREAT for birthday parties, 4H meetings, graduation parties or even office retreats.

At Ridgetop Horse Ranch, we strive to provide the best boarding care and family fun facility in South Central Iowa. We make it our goal to have our customers that visit us as strangers leave as friends.

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7 - The Farm

Lori & John Lawyer
23583 120th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
Find us on Facebook! The Farm Warren Co. Iowa

Attractions at The Farm include a petting zoo with a pony, goat, calf, chickens, and a pig. There will be children’s farm games & farm education, hay rack rides & vintage equipment showcased.

John restores old farm machinery and visitors will enjoy seeing these impressive historic farm implements . Lori also appreciates farm history. Enjoy spending time wandering through her shop discovering antique and re-purposed vintage items.

Allyson Schultes with  will present a grain safety presentation/demonstration.

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8 - Crooked Hedge Farm

Beth & Steve Voltmer
4500 G76 Hwy
New Virginia, Iowa 50210

Steve and Beth Voltmer, owners and caretakers of Crooked Hedge Farm, purchased the property from Steve’s parents in 2006. When you visit, you’ll enjoy watching the kids (16 and under) fish from our pond. There will be a small petting zoo, too! Bluegrass music, Catered food, with Warren County farm raised beef and (hopefully) sheep will be available for purchase from our local restaurant, The Depot. Area vendors, primarily from the SW Warren County area, will include farm to table producers: eggs and produce, honey, etc. as well as, local artists, crafters and vintage. All will have a ‘farm ag’ feel and connection. Second Chance Dog Rescue will be here with dogs that are available for adoption. They are located in the St. Mary’s area. Highlighting our neighbors and friends in the ag and local artists and crafters arena is our goal and we look forward to sharing it all with you.

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9 - Willis Farm

Mary & Bill Willis
22558 73rd Ave
New Virginia, IA 50210

The Willis farm, located in the SW part of Warren County, is primarily used for the production of hay and pasture. In addition, five large gardens produce a variety of garden vegetables sold at farmers’ markets in Indianola and Norwalk. Those vegetables are also made into salsa, relishes, jams and jellies. One portion of the gardens is the commercial production of zinnias which are sold to florists.

The farm features include a unique historical heritage. The large barn was build 107 years ago and recently restored and open for tour visitors. On the north side of their home, is the site of the 1870’s Mt. Tabor Methodist Church which was disbanded in the 1960’s. Hand-cut limestone blocks from the site now line the flower gardens in the farm. Mary’s greenhouse will be open for viewing.

Tour attractions include a local honey vendor who sells raw honey at the local farmers’ markets. Explore the scents and variety of goat’s milk lotion and soaps. Bruce Curtis, Nose-2-Toes, will be there with his full display of products. Be sure to sample!

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10 - Fairview Community Church

Contact: Becky McElwee
19705 Hwy 69
Indianola, IA 50125

Fairview Community Church is a small country church eight miles South of Indianola on Hwy 69. The church was established by hardworking families around Cool Iowa, many of which have decedents who are still members. Approximately 9 years ago, the present church was built next to highway 69 and the old church in Cool was torn down.

Fairview Community Church and its members are excited to participate in the 1st annual Warren County Farm Tour. During the tour on August 28th, be sure to make a stop at the church to enjoy the following activities and amenities: Luncheon from 11-2, Ice Cream Social from 4-6pm. Cooling Center, Restrooms and Medic available at this location.

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