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Abbe Hills Farm CSA
(Mt. Vernon,IA)Abbe Hills Farm is a CSA farm serving about 200 families in Mt. Vernon, Lisbon, and the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. 2014 will be our 18th year operating the CSA. We offer a wide variety of vegetables from the beginning of June until late October, plus regular twilight tours of the gardens and a farm tour and open house in August. We use a number of low-input and sustainable practices, including crop rotation, compost, cover crops, pollinator habitat, beneficial insects, and integrated pest management tools to produce tasty, healthy, safe food for our shareholders. We participate with Practical Farmers of Iowa doing on-farm research on sustainable practices nearly every season. We share excess food with soup kitchens and food distribution sites in southeastern Linn County and in Cedar Rapids. The farm also produces an heirloom variety of open-pollinated corn for seed, plus oats and hay. Soil conservation and water quality improvement are practiced over the entire 72-acre farm. CSA customers pick up their shares at the farm either Mondays or Thursdays, late in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to visit the farm and to participate in the CSA. Call Laura Krouse for more information.
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