Chad and Katie Hensley

Date:                   June 23, 2016 – Lamoni (2-5 p.m.)

Event Title:     Cut Flowers: Production, Handling, Marketing and More

County:             Decatur

How Many Years Farming? 4

Acres in Production: 1 rented

Approximate percentage of household income derived from farm in past 12 months? 0-20 percent

Crops Grown: Produce and cut flowers

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

  •  Two high tunnels
  • A greenhouse
  • Two tractors (Farmall A and IH 424)
  • Irrigation is through drip tape

Production Practices Used:

  • We use plastic mulch and are experimenting with no-till straw mulch instead of tilling and plastic
  • mulch

Livestock Raised? We are preparing to purchase Pineywood cattle in June 2016. This will be our first venture into livestock

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

  • We plan to use rotational grazing with electric fencing and bale grazing

Any Farm Employees? Yes

Number and Type of Employees? 2 seasonal

Farm Organizational Structure: Sole proprietorship

Farm Programs Used:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Special Business Software Used? Quicken and Google Docs

How are Crops Marketed?

  • Direct-marketing
  • CSA
  • Grocery sales
  • Farmers market

Other Background: