Raise excellent lamb on an environmentally forward farm, shared and experienced with others.
Dalla Terra Ranch began as Iowa’s only organically certified sheep ranch in Booneville, IA. In 2008, the ranch moved west to a 223-acre property north of Earlham, IA, abundant with rolling hills, woods, streams, native prairie, and open pastures. Over the years, Dalla Terra Ranch has raised over 2,500 Katahdin grass-fed lambs for the Central Iowa market and demonstrated a commitment to preserving essential habitats through various conservation efforts and returning land to natural prairie. This work has resulted in rich fertile soil, making it a perfect place to grow fresh, healthy food. In 2022, Dalla Terra Ranch gifted 70 acres of the ranch to In Harmony Farm, a newly formed public not-for-profit, thus officially allowing In Harmony Farm to launch its work.
In Harmony Farm is committed to continuing the legacy of Dalla Terra Ranch, focusing on environmental sustainability and regenerative agriculture, serving Iowans in need, and creating meaningful experiences for members of our community.
In Harmony Farm bridges the gap between urban gardening and small-scale/conventional farming for historically underserved individuals. In Harmony Farm has nine crop-ready plots, ranging from one to five acres, available to beginning farmers. Farmers receive affordable access to land and infrastructure, hands-on instruction that builds regenerative farming skills, access to technical assistance to support business capacity building, and the opportunity to scale production gradually. The program minimizes the need for up-front capital investment, allows farmers to grow family income while reducing financial risk, and builds long-term financial independence. In addition to the beginning farmer program, In Harmony Farm offers a beginning rancher program. Ranchers have access to a 5-acre parcel for raising feeder animals or larger parcels to grow their herds or flocks. In 2022, In Harmony Farm launched 9 parcels of crop-ready land over 70 acres. Seven historically underserved farmers were able to start their farm and ranch businesses at In Harmony Farms and sold over 2,000lbs of fresh produce to local organizations that are fighting food insecurity.