Wills Family Orchard 



Our farm consists of 60 acres; 30 of those acres are in timber. 

While we have left the woods that surround us nearly untouched

we continue to plant more apple, peach, and cherry trees each year.

We now have approximately 4 acres of apple trees, 1 acre of peach

trees, 3 acres of pumpkins, 1 acre of winter squash and ornamental

gourds, a 1- acre corn maze, strawberries, laying hens, and a few cats. 

We are mindful of how our farming practices impact our soil, food crops, timber, water resources and those who work, play, and visit here.  Consequently,  we have  chosen to use science-based biological methods that are also organically approved  for producing our fruit crops.  All of our orchards, squash, pie pumpkins and strawberries are Certified Organic.  Our jack o'lantern pumpkins, and gourds are very minimally sprayed with the softest of conventional products until we discover more biologically-based ways to manage them.  

Our farm is also home to many kinds of birds.  Our environment is the perfect location - so we have put up 30 acres of deer fence - 8' tall!  When you visit, you will see a number of bluebird houses scattered around the farm and perhaps the bluebird families that live in them.   While we say we own the land, we really don’t and we really can’t – we only borrow it for a very brief time from future generations.  What we do own is the responsibility to take care of it! 

 

Wills Family Orchard In the News


Article @ Discover Adel (10-1-14)


Article @ My Waukee (10-9-14)


Video@ WHO TV (7-17-15)




In 1991 we purchased 32 acres. We put up a small shed for our tools and a small tree house for our kids to play in. In 1992, we spent our time planting and taking care of the first apple trees, growing a garden, and building our house. The next year we moved into our earth-berm basement home. Before our fourth child was born, it was time to take the roof off of our basement home and build our house addition above. As we built our house, we continued to grow our family and our farm - all with the help of family and friends!


In 1997, we called friends and family to let them know that we actually had apples to sell!  In those days we sold our apples from inside of our house.  Eventually, we started selling them off of our front porch.  This seems crazy looking back, and it seemed crazy at the time!  Nevertheless, you have to start somewhere.  We then made a little store out of our breezeway between our house and garage.  When we grew out of the breezeway store in 2009, we moved up to our current barn built the previous summer.  We have had great support from our family, friends and customers.


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