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In season fruits and vegetables. Custom grown, Certified Naturally Grown vegetable transplants and bedding plants. Holiday Poinsettias |
The Homestead is an Iowa based living and learning center for Iowans with autism. Every day we strive to develop and utilize innovative strategies that help the people we serve become more independent and skilled in their lives. The Homestead provides services to people of all ages and abilities through programs designed to foster growth and skills acquisition. One of the ways we are providing this service is through The Homestead’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Our diversified fruit and vegetable farm is a great place for the people we serve to maximize their potential as workers while also receiving the guidance necessary to be successful. In addition to our farm, we also operate a 5,000 square foot greenhouse that is used to produce custom grown bedding plants and transplants for our farm. Our website: www.thehomestead.org
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Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown(CNG). This means that our production methods meet or exceed the regulations set forth by the National Organic Program. CNG farms are inspected on a yearly basis by participating farmers or other professionals who are committed to ensuring strict adherence to CNG rules and regulations.
Our farm operation is one of the most unique in Iowa and also the United States. What makes us unique is the fact that food production is only a part of what we do. Our main mission is helping Iowan\'s with autism. The Homestead\'s farm is making great progress in helping develop and maintain paid, meaningul work for people who would otherwise have few opportunities to be gainfully employed. This innovation has created many successes and provides a model that demonstrates that the true skills and abilities of every individual can be found and utilized.