Hometown Farmer: The Cornucopia
SIOUX CENTER, IOWA — John Wesselius is always pretty busy at his farm, "The Cornucopia."
He takes care of more than 60 varieties of vegetables about 8 months a year.But the 2014 growing season has been hard.
One of John's "high tunnel" buildings, a type of greenhouse, was destroyed by the weather in April."We had four or five days of wind," said Wesselius. "Then on the Thursday morning it came out of the ground."
It was the second of his "high tunnels" destroyed in two years."It was just a big setback," said Wesselius."
The Cornucopia" sells produce at local farmer markets, and is a Community Supported Agriculture farm.People buy shares and have vegetables delivered, but those steel and plastic "high tunnels" are what really helped John have the ability to do that for those 8 months every year.
"We were harvesting spinach the first week of December when it was below zero outside in the morning," said Wesselius. "But it can be 30, 40 or 50 degrees inside a 'high tunnel' by the afternoon."But John says that even though the "high tunnels" were destroyed, all wasn't lost.
Community volunteers helped clean up, and got "The Cornucopia" set up.
Now the farm's trying to raise $28,000 with an online campaign through https://www.indiegogo.com/ to build two new "high tunnels."
A campaign that should help John and "The Cornucopia" keep raising greens for a long time.
"One person said to me: it's an expression of grace," said Wesselius. "So we're just very thankful and we're humbled and we'll just take it one day at a time."
If you'd like to learn more about the farm, please visit: http://thecornucopiacsa.com/
If you'd like to donate to the online campaign, please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-small-family-farm-succeed-in-iowa-s-agribusiness-heartland
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