The Griffieon’s are a family-oriented century farm located just north of Ankeny. Craig and LaVon have four children - the sixth generation to be raised on the land. Currently the Griffieon’s have a diversified farm with beef, laying hens, broilers, turkeys and sheep and they raise corn soybeans, oats, and alfalfa.
Meet Corey Hillebo, an aronia berry farmer from Polk City, Iowa. Entrepreneurial in nature, Corey became very intrigued by producing aronia berries. He began attending conferences around aronia berries and learning whatever he could. In 2014 Corey and his father planted 15 acres of aronia berry plugs.
Caite Palmer is a small farmer located on a century farm in Northeast Iowa. Caite and her husband raise grass-fed and grain-finished Angus cross and Normande beef cattle, as well as Katahdin lambs. Rather than take animals to the sale barn, she markets these meat products directly to consumers. Caite got started direct marketing because it allowed her to decide and control prices for her products. It began with selling whole and half animals.