Changing the world one tomato at a time

Steve and Marcy Strasheim’s farm is modest. On their acreage in Mitchell, they grow cut flowers and produce in their garden and greenhouses. Despite their farm’s size, the Strasheims have a lot to show off – Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is holding a field day at their acreage. PFI hosts field days across Iowa.

“Farmer Steve Strasheim has truly made the most of the opportunities and available spaces to operate Twisted River Farm in his small northern Iowa town,” said PFI media relations coordinator Elizabeth Wilhelm.

While space is limited on Strasheim’s acreage, he gets a little help from his neighbors, who allow him to plant on their land in exchange for some of the produce.

Strasheim grows around 40 different vegetable crops. “Our field day is to basically show people what we’ve done on a very small scale in a very rural little town in Iowa,” Strasheim said. “What makes our farm unique, as opposed to typical farms – we’ve adopted an urban farm model where you can take our farm and drop it into the big city someplace, where people are taking underutilized, marginal land and putting high-value crops on it to serve underserved areas.”


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