Activating Community Through Farming With Dan Fillius
In this episode, Farmer D and Dan Fillius discuss the many aspects of creating, activating and sustaining a farm in the middle of a community. Dan and Farmer D worked together to start Middlebrook Farms in Cumming, Iowa. They explore the challenges and opportunities that come with starting a farm, growing the enterprise, practicing food safety and engaging community.
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Food Safety Modernization Act
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
Co-Produced and Recorded by Daron Joffe and Ben Bernstein
Audio Editing by Sarah Milligan
Music by Ben Bernstein
About Farmer D:
Farmer D is a nationally recognized biodynamic farmer, designer, speaker, entrepreneur and educator.
He is the author of the acclaimed book “Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities and Give Back to the Earth” and has spent the past 25 years designing and building community farms and gardens all over the country.
Farmer D has worked on a wide range of public and private farm development projects ranging from residential “agrihood” communities like Serenbe and Rancho Mission Viejo to non-profit projects such as Coastal Roots Farm and Camp Twin Lakes.
About Dan Fillius:
Dan Fillius grows 4 acres of organic vegetables at Middlebrook Farm and helps Iowa’s produce growers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act through work with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. He has been an organic vegetable farmer for 13 years, including stints managing the Michigan State university Student Organic Farm and 140 acres of vegetables at Featherstone Farm. His favorite vegetable to grow is winter squash, and he enjoys biking with family and birding in his spare time.