We are Ken and Jan Ludington and own and operated Nishnaview Farm, a twelve acre farm, located in the Loess Hills of southwestern Iowa, a half mile from the Nishinabotna River. We are both born and raised farm kids and as the saying goes, you can take the kid from the farm but you can't take the farm from the kid. When Ken got his appointment as postmaster and we moved to Hamburg, we decided we want our children to experience the rural farm life style we had enjoyed and to see where their food really comes from, and that not being from the grocery store, and far away places. We believe in using the practices we learned from our parents and grandparents; using hardwork, planting disease resistant varieties, no use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, using crop rotations, mulches, companion plantings where and when possible, seed saving at times and letting mother nature provide us with high quality, fresh vegetables to eat, can and share.
Our children are now grown but still use these practices in their own gardens to raise some of their own food. Now another new generation loves to come to grandma and grandpa's to learn to plant, grow, harvest, eat, preserve and sell; thus passing on these traditions. Ken is now retired and we have moved away from the dairy goat and bottle calf operation we once ran and have moved into market gardening, expanding the smaller garden plots into acres. We still use those tried and true practices only on a larger scale.
We have chosen not to become organically certified but feel that using those practices in our garden make good sense and have become involved in Certified Naturally Grown organization which keeps us accountable on a grass roots level. We try to let nature take her course but occasionally we have to assist and only use organically certified product as a last resort. We are enrolled in the Iowa Department of Agriculture's sensitive crop program, to minimize any potentially harmful drift from sprays or chemical applications that our neighboring farmers might use. If I don't want it in or on my food, I certainly don't want it in the produce we raise to sell. We produce a variety of vegetables and concentrate on the ones that we know we can produce well. Each year we try new varieties or types to see what works best for our soil and growing conditions. We provide value added produts to minimize wasted produce by using it in a selection of dried noodle, jams, jellies and quick breads. We share over abundances of veggies with our local senior citizens center, low rent housing complex and any other organization that helps feed those in need.