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by Chris Wilbeck
June 2010

Last October, 650 people from around the world gathered for a Community Food Security Coalition Conference in Des Moines.  We had the pleasure of hosting a bus-load of some of these agricultural food professionals for a lunch stop on their tour of Greene County. 

Chris Henning of Cooper IA and owner of Prairie Skye Productions organized and led the tour that included information-sharing stops at the farms of Jerry Peckumn, George Naylor and Quentin Minnehan.  She provided the scrumptious meal.  We provided the setting in our big white barn.

Below are scenes from their visit to Farmhouse Life.

The tour group poses for a photo.  They were from California, Maine, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi,  Illinois, Kansas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Alabama, Washington, Washington DC, Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico ... and a few from Iowa.  Pictured with the tour are Chris Henning (tour guide), Jerry Peckumn & George Naylor (farm stop hosts), Kevin and Jacob.

Lining up ...

And signing in.

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Mingling with hot apple cider from Deal's Orchard, our local Greene County apple orchard.  Did I mention that it snowed that morning? Yep, but we were prepared with heaters in the barn!

Spooning up some hot beef stew.

Kevin gives a brief welcome talk ...

... while guests listen on.

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Enjoying the meal.

Next, they hop on our hay wagon for a ride to Camp Coyote.


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Checking out the camp.

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Time to go.  Jacob takes a quick peek inside before they head out. 

Off to the next stop on the tour!

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