Project ID



A farm plan was created to guide land use decisions for the demonstration farm at the Midwest Center for Entrepreneurial Agriculture in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Key Question

What would be the best way to develop the land owned by the Marshalltown Community College into a teaching facility to launch farmers into entrepreneurial and diversified businesses?


This farm plan provides a practical, visible, hands-on example of a working diversified farm so that college administrators, beginning farmers and the community have the opportunity to see and learn all that is possible with small diversified farming in central Iowa. In addition to its role as an example, the farm now serves as an incubator for students and new farmers.

Principal Investigator(s)

Linda Barnes


Tom Diemerley, Norman McCoy

Year of Grant Completion