Published Jun 1, 2017

On-Farm, Episode 004: Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman – Resilient Farms

By Nick Ohde

Maggie and Steve on Resilient Farms

Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman of Resilient Farms were our guests on the show this week. Maggie and Steve moved to the their farm near Red Oak in southwest Iowa where they “retired” about five years ago. Since then, they’ve been working to improve the resilience of the farm, which has been in Maggie’s family for more than a century. On the show, we talk about the different conservation practices they’re using to improve soil and water quality; working with farm operators on conservation efforts; farm transitions to future generations; and their newly built, ultra-efficient Passivhaus.

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Maggie and Steve wrote a legacy letter published in the new book “The Future of Family Farms: Practical Farmers’ Legacy Letter Project” edited by Teresa Opheim. You can find that letter in Teresa’s blog From “Pleasant Prospects” to “Resilient Farms”: Maggie McQuown and Steve Turman on their farm legacy.

On June 15, Maggie and Steve will be hosting a field day focused on some of the conservation practices they’ve put in place on their farm. You can learn more about their field day here.