El presente

A lo largo de los años, los supervisores del condado de Johnson han mantenido la granja y es una de las pocas granjas pobres que quedan con edificios existentes en el estado de Iowa. A través de un proceso de Planificación Maestra, los Supervisores han elegido preservar aún más los edificios en el sitio e impulsar su agricultura hacia el presente al establecer las bases para un modelo de incubadora de granjas: The New Century Farm.

La Sociedad Histórica del Condado de Johnson organiza recorridos por los edificios históricos y sus alrededores. Para programar un recorrido, comuníquese con: Alexandra McKendree; Director ejecutivo; (319) 351-5738;

Land Access Program 2023

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Up to 1.3 acres will be newly available for use.

Applications are due Friday, December 2, 2022. 

The following rates pertain to the listed infrastructural items and are available for an annual fee.

Land ​= $35 per 1/8 acre

Irrigation Water Access = $150 per year

Storage Space = $100 per bay

Cold Storage (4' x 4' x 6') = Free

Shared Produce/Wash Pack Area (20' x 18') = Free

  • Iowa Valley RC&D offers some custom field work services. Prices vary.

  • Electrical access is for illumination purposes only in the North Shed. Additional access must be approved in advance by staff and fees may apply.

  • A small break area is available for tenants located in the North Shed. The break area includes a shared mini fridge, microwave, and picnic table.

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Local Food Production

Land Access Program farmer in the field holding green onions
Grow: Johnson County volunteers washing carrots
Global Food Project farmer planting seedlings

El pasado

Reconociendo y registrando la historia de la granja pobre histórica del condado de Johnson.

El presente

Preservar y devolver a la tierra.

y nuestras comunidades circundantes.

El futuro

Expansiones y mejoras para mejorar el acceso público y la producción de alimentos.

Natural Areas

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Johnson County hired Impact7G to create and implement a 7-year Natural Areas Master Plan.  

7-year Natural Areas Master Plan Vision Statement:


"To preserve and elevate the health and diversity of species within the Historic Poor Farm of Johnson County, Iowa, and to nurture the stability and natural abundance of the land; promoting the ecosystem services that supported historic land use as well as encouraging the natural regenerative processes of soil, water, and biotic life."

Pollinator meadow with yellow and white flowers and prairie grasses

Historic Building Complex

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The farm’s Historic Building Complex contains several buildings that have undergone rehabilitation such as the Livestock Barn, Dairy Barn, and Asylum. Six of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, therefore rehabilitation has been sensitive to their history, leaving original structures and features intact.


We have also been busy with the construction of a new educational building, the Cultivation Station. Additionally, we have been working with architects and engineers to design a Commercial Kitchen and Healing Trail which will be coming to the farm soon.