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Read how one couple in Dysart, Iowa turned a disastrous situation into a new beginning.
  • Since the storm, Lyle and Kary have worked hard to re-create the acreage and turn it into something they are very proud of today.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    A new beginning

    A tree in the front yard and one grain bin- that’s all that was left after a destructive storm blew through an acreage in Dysart, Iowa five years ago.

    Since the storm, Lyle and Kary have worked hard to re-create the acreage and turn it into something they are very proud of today.

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • Before any animals were brought onto the farm, Lyle and Kary had to build fence, purchase buildings and research the kinds of animals appropriate for their five acres of land.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Doing their research

    Before any animals were brought onto the farm, Lyle and Kary had to build fence, purchase buildings and research the kinds of animals appropriate for their five acres of land. A lot of thought and preparation was put into the farm before it ever started.

    “We do research on everything we have out here,” said Kary. “We chose Welsummer chickens because they are great foragers, and they have a mild disposition. We decided to raise Dexter cattle because they are a smaller breed, suitable for five acres, and they do well in the cold winters and hot summers.”

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • The small farm consists of purebred and crossbred Dexter cattle, two Hereford gilts, one crossbred boar, Welsummer Chickens, Bourbon Red Turkeys and Guineas.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Animals on the farm

    The small farm consists of purebred and crossbred Dexter cattle, two Hereford gilts, one crossbred boar, Welsummer Chickens, Bourbon Red Turkeys and Guineas.

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • The couple has a farming background- Lyle’s father raised pigs, and he grew up working on the farm alongside his two brothers.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Farming background

    The couple has a farming background- Lyle’s father raised pigs, and he grew up working on the farm alongside his two brothers.

    Kary’s grandfather grew up on a farm in Kellog, Iowa, and continued to farm outside of Marshalltown, Iowa.

    “I really think farming is in a person’s blood,” said Kary. “I didn’t grow up on a farm or around animals, but I’m so happy I have the opportunity to now. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • On the farm, the pigs get to roam around in a pasture that’s half grass and half dirt with a mud hole.

    Be themselves

    “Our biggest thing is that the animals get to be what they are out here,” said Kary. “The pigs get to roll around in the mud, the cows get to lay around in the pasture, and the chickens run around free on the premises.”

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • Sara represents the Dexter breed at the Iowa State Fair each year on the Avenue of Breeds.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Being with the animals

    Sara was the first heifer Lyle and Kary brought to their farm, along with their bull, Kale. Sara represents the Dexter breed on the Avenue of Breeds at the Iowa State Fair. Stein Creek Farm has had two calves born in the past year.

    Kary loves being with the cattle whether it’s doing chores, petting, brushing or halter-breaking them.

    “I love spending time with them,” said Kary.“The trust you can gain between yourself and an animal is                                                                                                                    remarkable. It’s honest and true.” 

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • The two gilts that Kary and Lyle raised from six weeks old will have be having their first litter of piglets this July.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Piglets in July

    The two gilts that Kary and Lyle raised from six weeks old will have be having their first litter of piglets this July.

    Lyle’s father, Dale, is looking forward to coming out and seeing the new piglets. 

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • The motto at Stein Creek Farm is “Do what we love, love what we do.”
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    "Do what we love, love what we do"

    The motto of Stein Creek Farm is “Do what we love, love what we do.”

    Lyle and Kary decided to open up the farm and share their passion with others. They have had people on their farm from Colorado, Florida and Kansas City who’d never been around animals before.

    “Lyle and I want to share our love of what we do,” said Kary. “People seem to be getting back to the basics and wondering where their food comes from. We want people to see how we’re raising our animals, and show them first-hand that an egg comes from a chicken, not the grocery store.” 

    (Pictured: Kary's son, Carter, collecting eggs)

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • Another reason Lyle and Kary formed an acreage of cattle, pigs and chickens is so they could put fresh food on the table.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    Farm fresh food

    Another reason Lyle and Kary formed an acreage of cattle, pigs and chickens is so they could put fresh food on the table.

     “We’re very family oriented,” said Kary. “By providing fresh food, we are taking care of our family.”

    Sometimes, Kary will take excess eggs or vegetables from her garden to the farmers market in Dysart.

    “We think everyone should be able to purchase farm fresh food without breaking the bank,” said Kary.

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals
  • Lyle and Kary have goals and plans for Stein Creek Farm that they will continue to pursue.
    photo courtesy of Kary Moore

    A work in progress

    Lyle and Kary have goals and plans for Stein Creek Farm that they will continue to pursue.

    “Lyle calls it a project,” said Kary. “It’s a work in progress, and we’re still learning.”

    For more information about Stein Creek Farm, you can visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SteinCreekFarm

     

    Date Published: June 19, 2014
    Date Updated: June 19, 2014
    Tags: acreage, Animals

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