Daniel Zimmerman Profile
Date: June 21, 2016 – Orchard (2-5 p.m.)
Event Title: Berries + Veggie Starts + Potted Flowers
How Many Years Farming? 23
Acres in Production: 65 owned acres; 20 rented acres
Approximate percentage of household income derived from farm in past 12 months?
61 -80 percent
Crops Grown: Sweet corn, pumpkins, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, soybeans
Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Crops:
- Corn planter
- Mulch plastic layer
- Water wheel transplanter
Production Practices Used:
- Conventional practices
- Mulch plastic
Livestock Raised? Custom nursery pigs
Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Livestock: Confinement building
Any Farm Employees? Yes
Number and Type of Employees? 10 seasonal
Farm Organizational Structure: Sole proprietorship
Farm Programs Used: None
Special Business Software Used? Quickbooks
How are Crops Marketed?
- Farmers market
- Daniel and his wife, Reba, moved to Iowa from Pennsylvania in 1997. In 1999 they set up their first greenhouse.
- Daniel and Reba now own over 25,000 feet of greenhouse space.
- Daniel is a member of a group of Old Order Mennonites.