Agritourism and Orcharding

Agritourism and Orcharding With an Ecological Focus at Wills Family Orchard

Friday, July 14 | 10 a.m.-NoonThe Wills Family

Hosts: Maury & Mary Wills

Wills Family Orchard

Address: 33130 Panther Creek Road | Adel, IA 50003


The enterprises at Wills Family Orchard Adel, Iowa, are diverse, yet with a common thread of agritourism. With 5 acres of certified organic apples, 2 acres of conventional-ish apples, 1 acre of organic peaches, a sorghum-sudan grass (instead of corn!) maze, pumpkins and more, this farm is a family affair that draws about 7,000 customers annually. Learn about the goals and lessons of managing this multifaceted operation and how the farm has grown and changed over time.

Apple cider donuts and light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: 

  • Iowa Organic Association
  • Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program
  • OCIA Chapter 1 of Iowa

See & Discuss:

  • Certified organic and “conventional-light” apple production
  • IPM practices
  • An on-farm apple processing facility
  • A sorghum-sudan grass maze
  • Organic peach production
  • Diverse agritourism enterprises