Daniel Zimmerman Profile

Daniel Zimmerman and Stillwater Greenhouse

Date:               June 21, 2016 – Orchard (2-5 p.m.)

Event Title:     Berries + Veggie Starts + Potted Flowers

County:           Mitchell

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:

  • Tractor
  • Cultivator
  • Corn planter
  • Mulch plastic layer
  • Water wheel transplanter
  • Sprayer

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?

  • Direct-marketing
  • Auction
  • Wholesale
  • Farmers market

Other Background:

  • 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.