Published Mar 5, 2024

Revitalizing Soil for a Small-Scale Hemp Farm in Iowa – Winter Webinar

By Practical Farmers of Iowa

In 2016, Scott and Megan Booher bought 40 acres of timber and open fields in eastern Iowa. At that time, the clay-rich soil was depleted of nutrients, so they used compost, biochar, worm castings and trace minerals to amend the soil on a portion of those acres to begin their hemp operation. In the ensuing years, they became certified organic and have experimented with reduced tillage and cover crops.

Now called Four Winds Farm, their operation is one of relatively few farms in Iowa licensed to grow and sell various value-added hemp products. Learn about Megan and Scott’s decision to grow hemp in Iowa, what they’ve done to improve the soil on their farm and the hemp products they sell.