Balancing Farm Dreams With Family Needs

Balancing Your Farm Dream With Your Family’s Needs

Kevin and Kendra MartinSaturday, Nov. 9 | 9 a.m.-Noon


21388 220th St. | Mount Ayr, IA 50854


Kendra & Kevin Martin | Holdfast Farmstead


Beginning farmers Kevin and Kendra Martin own and operate Holdfast Farmstead. Prior to farming, they captained ships in the Pacific Northwest. A life at sea equipped them with many skills, like how to manage a crisis when your crew is staring at you or how to exist peacefully in hostile weather. They’ve applied these skills to their 53-acre farm.

The Martins found meaningful mentorship in other farmers and allowed themselves time to find the right collection of farm enterprises to meet their family’s needs and year-round income for the farm. These enterprises, for now, include raising Kiko goat breeding stock, along with freeze-dried and other value-added products. Join the Martins at this field day to learn about their journey to farming and how they’re “holding fast” to their farming vision.


A meal will follow the field day.

See & Discuss

  • Building year-round income into your business plan
  • Marketing strategies, including adding an on-farm store
  • Deciding on, and trying out, freeze-dried and other value-added products
  • Raising and rotationally grazing Kiko goats
  • Building a network of mentors

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