• Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum (map)
  • 4811 Melrose Avenue,
  • Iowa City, Iowa 52246

At this “try before you buy” field day, Jason and Scott will show various hand tools and small implements, including wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, a BCS tiller and more. You’ll have an opportunity to try them out. Jason will show how he sharpens tools and adjusts the raised bed maker, and will discuss how they manage irrigation water pressure from a city hydrant. You can also check out the farm’s cold storage (Cool-Bot).

TOPICS:
• Hand tools
• Labor efficiency
• Raised beds using plastic
mulch layer
• Tool sharpening
• BCS and Troy-Bilt tillers
• Power harrow
• CoolBot cooler
• Plastic mulch versus ground-cover fabric

SPEAKER:
• Scott Koepke – Grow Johnson County

THE HOSTS:
Grow Johnson County has two missions: to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County and to serve as an educational farm for new growers. Produce from the farm’s 4 acres is distributed to food pantries, food banks and meal sites in the greater Johnson County community. In 2016, 12,000 pounds of produce were donated to the
community.