Project ID



Central Iowa refugees with farming backgrounds were engaged in a variety of activities to help them become farmers in Iowa. Beginning with work in community gardens, the project began to help these aspiring farmers to learn about markets, production, and the realities of farm business planning in preparation for graduating them to their own farming operations.

Key Question

How could Lutheran Services in Iowa create, implement and improve upon their Global Greens incubator training program?


They focused on increasing farmer profitability, and helping farmers establish independent businesses, and find greater integration and peer networks.

Principal Investigator(s)

Nicholas Wuertz

Principal Investigator(s) Bio

Nicholas Wuertz is director of refugee services for Lutheran Services of Iowa, a nationally accredited, nonprofit human services agency affiliated with three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wuertz oversees LSI’s Refugee Community Services program including Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines. He began working with LSI’s refugee resettlement program in 2006 as a community outreach specialist and has served as director since 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College.

Year of Grant Completion