Collaborating to Scale Up Local Food Production

Collaborating to Scale Up Local Food Production

Carmen, Maja and Helaina with dogsSunday, Aug. 20 | 1-3 p.m.

Hosts: Carmen Black, Maja Black, Helaina Thompson & Carlos Williams

Sundog Farm

Address: 5025 120th St NE | Solon, IA 52333


Sundog Farm raises and markets vegetables, flowers, sheep, goats, eggs and broilers spread across five farm locations that they own or rent from neighbors. This farm is scaling up their local food production through more enterprises, additional season extension and on-farm processing, including a new freeze-pack facility.

For Carmen, Maja, Helaina and Carlos, collaboration is key to unlocking what is possible among farmers and landowners within a single operation and across a region. For this field day, we will tour Sundog Farm’s vegetable production, including the vegetable freeze-pack processing facility, and see firsthand how working together has opened doors for them.

Following the field day, the Sundog team is excited to help land seekers and landowners connect at a land access meetup from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come early for lunch at noon and stay afterwards for refreshments and a conversation about land access.

Also on Aug. 20 at Sundog Farm, Carlos will host a farm visit as part of the Year In the Life of a Poultry Farmer series. This farm visit is exclusively for Spanish-speakers. Check out our Year in the Life of a Poultry Farmer page for more information and to register for this Spanish-language event. 

See & Discuss:

  • Collaborating for land access
  • Scaling up vegetable production
  • Managing multiple enterprises
  • An on-farm vegetable freeze-pack processing facility

Sponsored by: 

  • Iowa Food System Coalition
  • Welter Seed and Honey Company