Amber Mohr and Jeremy Hall

Field Day:       July 30, 2016 – Avoca (2-7 p.m.)

Event Title:     Working Together: Benefits of Mentoring and Collaborating

County:           Pottawattamie

How Many Years Farming?  2

Approximate percentage of household income derived from farm in past 12 months? 

0-20 percent

CROPS

Crops Grown:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits

Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Hand tools
  • Earthway seeder
  • Ford 8N
  • Stuff my (Amber’s) Grandpa left behind

Production Practices Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Chemical-free
  • Cover crops

Certified Organic?  No

LIVESTOCK

Livestock Raised?

  • Layer hens (six breeds)
  • Cornish-Cross broilers
  • Red Ranger broilers
  • Broad-breasted white turkeys
  • Harlequin rabbits

Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Livestock:

  • Mobile chicken house for broilers
  • Rabbit sled
  • Hen house
  • Rabbit hutch

Production Practices Used to Raise These Livestock:

  • Free-range and pasture-raised

FARM STRUCTURE & PROGRAMS USED

Any Farm Employees?  No

Farm Organizational Structure:   Sole proprietorship

Farm Programs Used:  None

BUSINESS & MARKETING PRACTICES

Special Business Software Used?   Excel

How are Crops Marketed?

  • Direct-Marketing
  • CSA
  • Wholesale
  • Farmers market
  • Aggregator

Other Background

  • Amber and Jeremy have operated Fork Tail Farm since 2014 on 4.5 acres surrounding the homestead property farmed by Amber’s grandparents beginning in 1955.
  • They have a collaborative CSA arrangement with Rolling Acres Farm, operated by PFI members Denise O’Brien and Larry Harris.
  • Amber and Jeremy are currently enrolled in PFI’s Savings Incentive Program Class of 2017.
  • They plan to add more pastured meat enterprises to their farm as well as an orchard, high tunnel and potentially small grains.