Mustard Seed Community Farm

Mustard Seed Community Farm is an ever-evolving diverse collective of farmers, volunteers, artists, plants & animals. For more than a decade, we've been creating community in our rural location near Ames, Iowa. Our 11-acre farm is home to two of our founders, Alice McGary and Nate Kemperman. We also house long and short term guests and workers during the growing season (May to October), and we have local volunteers working on the farm almost every day during the growing months.

At Mustard Seed Farm, we believe that everyone deserves really good food. Without complete nutrition, it is hard to function at our full human potential. We believe that a great diet allows people to be more healthy, happy, and able to participate with great enthusiasm, generosity, and creativity in our community and world. Our primary focus is growing food to share, but we also have a strong education and community-building program, focusing on social justice, ecological living, human-scale economics, and farming.

We are always looking for local volunteers as well as interns and short-term community members to live with us during the growing season (May-October). Please visit for more information.


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—Peter Maurin

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