MOUNT VERNON – If you’re a city dweller who wants a first-hand look at how food grows or a landowner interested in improving conservation practices, your opportunity comes this Sunday.
Laura Krouse is hosting a farm field day and open house from 4-7 p.m. at Abbe Hills Farm on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013, in rural Mount Vernon, Iowa. (See map.)
Wayne Petersen, state urban conservationist, will discuss what homeowners can do to improve water quality and the Iowa Learning Farm will bring its Conservation Station.
Laura notes that the field day includes a look at the gardens, open pollinated corn and summer cover crops.
Here is a bit about open pollinated seed corn, from the Abbe Hills Farm website: The heirloom yellow dent corn has been grown on this eastern Iowa farm since 1903. Open pollination (OP) is an ancient technique for making improvements in our food crops. The wind is responsible for moving pollen around the field each July, while Laura is responsible for selecting the best ears to save for seed for the following year. Seed for Abbe Hills OP is sold all over the upper Midwest to farmers who want the best quality feed for their livestock.
Mount Vernon Creates offers more background on Abbe Hills Farm on its website.