Growing Vegetables for Your Rural Community

Tuesday, July 16 | 4 – 6 p.m. | Elkport, IA

Natasha Hegmann and Peter KernsWhen Pete and Natasha started their farm, they drew upon their background in farm-to-school work to inform the business’ community-based mission. Tour the farm and see how their business plan guides their farm activities, including production for their 30-member rural CSA. Pete and Natasha will discuss how they market to rural communities. They will also share some education and outreach projects they’ve used to promote cooking with and eating vegetables in Iowa.

RSVP by  July 12


Pete Kerns and Natasha Hegmann | Turkey River Farm | (563) 245-1006 |


Pete and Natasha raise vegetables, pasture-raised pork, mushrooms and maple syrup. They sell their products through their CSA and a local farmers market. They operate Turkey River Farm on ground they rent from a non-profit group.


  • Marketing vegetables in rural communities
  • Customer outreach and education
  • Business planning for decision-making

This event is sponsored by:

LOCATION: 23719 Hazel Road Elkport 52044


From Elkader: Take IA Hwy 13 south and go 1.7 miles to Grandview Road. Turn left (east), go 3.3 miles and turn left (east) on Hazel Road; the farm will be on the left (north) side of road in 1.5 miles.


A potluck will follow the field day at the Deep Mountain Retreat Center. Pete and Natasha will provide a main dish; please bring a dish to share. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by  July 12

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