|Rhizosphere Farm is located in the beautiful Loess Hills of Iowa just south of Missouri Valley. The farm is almost 6 acres nestled close to the loess ‘front range’ where amazingly lush and loamy soil exists. Old Lincoln highway which is a scenic bypass is the most direct way to access the farm. Just to the east is the lovely Old Town Conservation area which features a Loess Hills little bluestem prairie and Eastern Great Plains bur oak woodlands.
Rhizosphere Farm was started by Matt and Terra Hall in 2009. About four years before that they met in Horton, Oregon just 45 minutes outside of Eugene in the coastal range. Terra started as an apprentice on the beautiful 5 acre organic farm run by Bill Booth and Debra Seido Martin. Check out their farm here: hortonorganics.com. She continued as staff for the next two years and met Matthew who worked at Horton as well. They both developed a deep love for small-scale farming and working with plants and the soil. As luck would have it, they both grew up in the midwest not far from each other. Matt is from north Omaha, and Terra was born and raised in Council Bluffs. After an incredible learning experience at Horton Road, Matt and Terra decided to move back to the prairie and try sustainable agriculture in the Omaha area.
In 2009, they began renting a property in Waterloo, Nebraska, in the Elkhorn river valley. They met with the many challenges of farming in the midwest but were greeted by the Omaha community with great support and enthusiasm. During the four years in Waterloo, Rhizosphere Farm developed to provide food for a modestly sized CSA (community supported agriculture), two markets, and somewhere between 5 and 8 restaurants.
As time went on, it became clear that Rhizosphere Farm was relevant to the community, but renting land and home was not viable in the long-term. Matt and Terra yearned for a permanent location where they could incorporate more perennial systems and build permanent infrastructures. After much searching, they came across the perfect spot.
In September of 2013, Rhizosphere Farm found its permanent home just south of Missouri Valley. The land has a house and several outbuildings. The vision of the farm has broadened with the new land, and while there will still be around 35 different vegetables grown each year, the farm will expand to include fruit trees, chickens, ducks, berries, beehives, and much more.
Rhizosphere will continue to grow mostly heirloom variety vegetables and herbs with great care, mindful attention to the land and plants and with low impact work with the soil done mostly with hands. Organic methods are used that eliminate the need for chemicals. The focus is on diversity, soil building, and crop rotation in an effort to work in partnership with the land and not against it.
The farm will incorporate permaculture techniques to increase diversity and efficiency and continue to lessen the impact on the land. An apprenticeship program is going to be an essential aspect as the farm moves toward education of small-scale agriculture and permaculture techniques. There can never be too many people growing good, clean and fair food. Rhizosphere hopes to help teach future sustainable farmers to enhance the community and the amount and diversity of the nourishing food at our tables.
Seed Sower • Heirloom Geek • Creative Mind • Partier
Mechanic • Irrigation Specialist • Partier • Jack of all Trades
Community Supported Agriculture
|We have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that runs through the summer.
What is a CSA share?
Recipes – Some of our favorite recipes to inspire new ways of working with familiar veggies and ideas on how to cook veggies that are new to you!
Connection – Develop a sense of connection to your food by knowing who grew it, and how and when its in season. You will learn to appreciate where your food comes from and EAT LOCAL!
|Rhizosphere Farm is looking for Interns!
Interns at Rhizosphere Farm learn mostly by doing. The program is primarily hands on, and interns will spend most of their time weeding, planting and harvesting. They will also go to farmer’s markets, keep records, and do deliveries. By working each day to refine these skills and immerse yourself in the rhythm of the work, you will learn to inherently become more efficient and effective at small-scale farming. This program is particularly well-suited for those seeking to connect and work with nature and those considering a future in farming. Unlike conventional classroom learning, interning integrates body and mind by strengthening the body, developing endurance and flexibility, and cultivating the mind through direct observation and building intuition through experience. Click here for more info.
A look into the farm
A big Thank You to the generosity of these folks who helped make Rhizosphere Farm possible.
Bob and Mel Hall
Derek and Courtney Levasseur
Nick and Jackie Bonham
Kathy and Kurt Strawhecker
Paul and Quinn Kulik
Elizabeth, Justin, Savannah, and Lucy Chalen
Anand and Tifanee Chokkavelu
Lisa and Laci Warren
Aviva Segall and Patrick McNamara
Kerry and Jon Tuttle
Gail and Robb Tavill
Jen, Ryan, Liam and Avery Ericson
Sumana Sermchief, Caleb Seavey, Lena, and Inara
The Burk Family
Martin and Jennifer Kenna
Dwayne and Amy Brown
Andy’s Auto Care & Repair
James Reindert Luyten
Jara and Kenley Sturdivant-Wilson
Brian and Ann Kramer
Bryce and Danielle Bettmann
The Butler Family
Chris and Kristen Carmichael
A. L. Cassel
Jenna Gabrial Gallagher
Julie and Keith Friedrich
Have questions or comments? Let us know!