Eric and Ann Franzenburg
Pheasant Run Farm
6925 19th Ave.
Van Horne, IA 52346
Eric and Ann generate wintertime sub-soil heat in their greenhouse by burning their own corn in a boiler system. They are also working with PFI‘s On-Farm Energy Cooperators program to improve the efficiency of their CoolBot-controlled walk-in cooler with multiple downloadable temperature and power sensors. Also hear how Eric and Ann are extending the season of ever-bearing strawberries from May to December, and generate your own energy with PFI’s Energy Generation and Conservation demostration.
• Rich Schuler, PFI Energy Program consultant
Eric and Ann Franzenburg returned to Eric’s family farm in 1992 where the family produced corn, soybeans and hogs. They have since added many enterprises to the farm to add value, including medicinal herbs, tomatoes, greens, cut flowers, strawberries, ginger and blueberries. They constructed three connected side-by-side greenhouses in 2008 that are heated with a corn-fueled boiler and added a passive solar high tunnel in 2012. This year, they are putting the finishing touches on two more greenhouses, also heated by the corn furnace. They have also added a farm pond to capture rainwater for irrigation.
Note: Currently bridges on County Road E44 to the east AND west of 19th Avenue are being worked on and there is no through traffic. Do not follow the posted detour as it will result in unnecessary miles on gravel. Instead, follow these directions from Van Horne.
Directions from Van Horne: Head north on Co Rd V66 / 1st Street for 1 mile (you will pass the high school), to the first intersection (69th Street). Turn left (west) on 69th Street for 2.25 miles. At the stop sign, turn left (south) on 19th Avenue for one-quarter mile; the farm will be on the west side of the road.