Red Fern Farm

A Nursery of Trees and Ideas…

Page Last Updated:  February 17, 2014

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:

Classes on High Value Orchard Crops - Starting March 8th, 2013, Iowa City. Fred Meyer of Backyard Abundance is organizing a series of mini workshops. Tom Wahl will be assisting in the teaching of these informative classes. Tour of Red Fern Farm makes up one workshop.

Farm Visits - They are back! We loved hosting farm visits as a way to have a more intimate conservation with folks interested in tree crops. Each Visit runs from 1:00 - 5:00 on a Saturday afternoon and is limited to 12 adults. Call to reserve a spot for you and a friend.

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 2014.

Ordering Information: How to order our trees

2014 Newsletter/Catalog: 2014 catalog is now available

Roasting Chestnuts    The 2013 season for chestnuts is over. You can see our old prices for the 2013 crop at .

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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