Mollie is taking her strong gardening background to a new level in her return to Iowa. She and husband Tobin grow unique types of vegetables on their small organic farm in West Burlington.
Planning and financial assistance from USDA helped Homestead 1839 add this high-tunnel greenhouse to reduce erosion, prolong the growing season, and catch and supply water to the growing plants inside.
The Krells use special powders and natural chemicals to keep pests from attacking their organically grown vegetables.
Tobin and Mollie sell the produce they grow seasonally to the public at their roadside market, The Veg Shop, at the farm. The also sell vegetables at local farmers markets.
In a CRP planting at Homestead 1839, black-eyed Susan and daisy fleabane are two of the first plants to bloom. Weeds are managed by mowing during the first year of CRP planting.
The Homestead farm has been in the family for over 180 years. The land continues to be used for farming and now it benefits and gives back to the community. The business sign is visible in one of West Burlington’s busiest areas. In summer months the Krells sell produce from a roadside stand.