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Mustard Seed Farm, Ames, Iowa

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Address: 366 W Ave.
Ames, Iowa  50014  
United States
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 25
Number of People Being Served: 100
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Mission Statement


Guided by our faith and ethics, we are dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.

Description


Located north of Ames, IA, we have a small CSA and also grow food for the shelters and soup kitchens in the area. In this second year we are growing food on about one rented acre. As we improve the shelter on the farm, we hope to become more set-up for hospitality. Our Beliefs We believe in… Land stewardship In contrast to predominate modern farming practices we are trying to farm in a way that rebuilds and creates living soil. We attempt to balance multiple interconnected farming methods in order to create a farming system that closely mimics nature. * Rotation and cover crops * Green manure * Permaculture and perennial crops * Friendly insects - bees, vermiculture * Erosion control * Protection of waterways * No harmful petrol-derived pesticides, herbicide, or fertilizers Hospitality * Growing food for those in need * Growing good food for sale/ CSA * Solidarity with the poor * Hospitality to the Homeless * Hospitality for learners * Spiritually open and nurturing Nonviolence * Cooperative decision making/ Consensus * Respect for the dignity of all life Sustainability * Decrease our dependence on fossil fuels: walk, bicycle, solar and wind power, manual labor, conservation * Growing our own food vegetables, fruit, grains, protein * Green building practices

Located north of Ames, IA, we have a small CSA and also grow food for the shelters and soup kitchens in the area. In this second year we are growing food on about one rented acre. As we improve the shelter on the farm, we hope to become more set-up for hospitality. Our Beliefs We believe in… Land stewardship In contrast to predominate modern farming practices we are trying to farm in a way that rebuilds and creates living soil. We attempt to balance multiple interconnected farming methods in order to create a farming system that closely mimics nature. * Rotation and cover crops * Green manure * Permaculture and perennial crops * Friendly insects - bees, vermiculture * Erosion control * Protection of waterways * No harmful petrol-derived pesticides, herbicide, or fertilizers Hospitality * Growing food for those in need * Growing good food for sale/ CSA * Solidarity with the poor * Hospitality to the Homeless * Hospitality for learners * Spiritually open and nurturing Nonviolence * Cooperative decision making/ Consensus * Respect for the dignity of all life Sustainability * Decrease our dependence on fossil fuels: walk, bicycle, solar and wind power, manual labor, conservation * Growing our own food vegetables, fruit, grains, protein * Green building practices

Mission Statement: Guided by our faith and ethics, we are dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor, and creating a community in which everyone can participate in growing and eating delicious, healthy, locally produced food.

Local Affiliation



Program Type:


Food Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


No