Red Fern Farm

A Nursery of Trees and Ideas…

Page Last Updated:  March 05, 2015

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:

Chestnut Field Day - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - West Point, Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a Chestnut Field Day for new and experienced chestnut growers at the Lowenberg Nut Farm, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Lee County Extension office at 319- 835-5116 for more information or to RSVP. Also email

Fruit Tree Grafting Class - Saturday, April 4, Iowa City, Iowa. Working with Backyard Abundance, Tom Wahl will be teaching grafting techniques. More information availalbe

Farm Visits - Saturdays, April - September - Red Fern Farm. Want to visit our farm and Tom Wahl? Here is your chance. On these Saturday, from 1:00 - 5:00, we will host 10 - 12 people for a mini field day. Call or email to reserve a spot. Reservations are required for this free visit.

Handout for Practical Farmers of Iowa 2012 conference. Outline of the steps for successful  establishment of tree planting.

Trees for Sale: See what we have available for 2015.

Ordering Information: How to order our trees

2015 Newsletter/Catalog: 2015 catalog is now available.

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.

Making Money with Shelterbelts and Windbreaks: A short description of several potential crop bearing trees and shrubs for the Midwest.

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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