Red Fern Farm

A Nursery of Trees and Ideas…

Page Last Updated:  August 17, 2016

About Us
  Red Fern Farm is a family owned nursery and farm run and owned by Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice. It is the site of ongoing research on a variety of tree crops and forest farming systems. We raise and sell container grown tree seedlings and medicinal planting roots well suited for the Midwest.

You can contact us at :

(319)729-5905               Red Fern Farm             13882 I Ave             Wapello, IA 52653  

Upcoming Events:

You Pick at Red Fern Farm - Aug. - Sept. - October - Come and gather Aronia berries, pawpaws, American persimmons, Asian pears, Spice bush berries, chestnuts and so much more. Call or email to get on our you-pick lists.

Handouts for Practical Farmers of Iowa We have handouts from Tom's 2016 short course on establishment and maintenance of  tree plantings,  the Iowa Woodland Suitability Table on soils and his 2012 session which outlines the steps for successful establishment of tree planting.

Trees for Sale: Check out our new items for 2016. We are already sold out of many trees for April 2016 shipping or pickup. We will have all trees available in pots this July, ready for planting this summer or fall.

Ordering Form: A printable form for ordering our trees.

2016 Newsletter/Catalog: Is complete. Help yourself to a digital copy. Some items are sold out.

Iowa Nut Growers posted videos of Tom talking about growing chestnuts and heartnuts.  Jeff Jensen, of Iowa Nut Growers Association, did a nice job on the filming and editing.

Iowa Ingredient did a segment on chestnuts in July, 2013 (episode #206). You can watch the 4 1/2 minutes featuring Red Fern Farm at "Chestnuts from Red Fern Farm".

Tom's Farmiar Talk: Listen and watch a 1 & 1/2 hour presentation by Tom Wahl on "Opportunities in Agroforestry". This was part of the Farminar series sponsored and organized by Practical Farmers of Iowa and presented on February 16, 2010. This page explains all the How-to of listening to Tom's or other Farminar presentations and the link to his talk.

Market to Market did a nice segment on chestnuts in Iowa including an interview with Tom Wahl. It broadcasted on December 25, 2009.

Chestnut Brochure:  A brochure with information on curing, cooking and storing fresh chestnuts. Good recipes too. Feel free to print copies for your chestnut customers.

What is Comprehensive Integrated Agroforestry? A description of an experimental agroforestry system for the production of tree crops.

A Word About Tree Shelters: Advice on the benefits and pitfalls of different types of tree shelters.

Costs And Possible Income Per Acre Financial projections of some tree crops.

Other Good Sources of Tree Information  Links, books, and organizations that are interesting to crop tree folks.

Who & Where  is Red Fern Farm?  A description of who and where we are.

The Chestnut Primer: A manual on the growing of chestnuts by Tom Wahl. You can also download a pdf copy of the Chestnut Primmer.

Practical Grafting: A nifty little guide about grafting created by Tom Wahl. Click away for a pdf copy.

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