Jenna Ladd| September 22, 2017
Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.
The anniversary was marked with a farmer’s market, farm tours, children’s games and a produce washing demonstration on Saturday.
The 235 acre station is home to 80 to 90 research projects each year. Scientists from horticulture, forestry, botany, ecology, plant pathology, entomology and natural resources use the space to study everything from vegetables to honeybees to wasps to swallows. The land bears apples, pumpkins, watermelon, hops, grapes and more.
Ben Pease is a Horticulture Research Associate at Iowa State. He said, “We are able to sell most of what we grow. If it’s part of a research project once it’s done we can sell it or we’re growing stuff to use the land we’re able to sell it,” to Iowa State Daily. Pease added that the station has made over a million dollars selling produce since 2006. Much of the food is sold to ISU’s dining halls, which buys about 5 tons of green peppers each year.
The land, which features a 15 acre lake as well, is located just three miles north of Ames on highway 69.