Red Fern Farm

A Nursery of Trees and Ideas…

Page Last Updated:  January 09, 2017

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:

Practical Farmers of Iowa Winter Conference: Ames, Iowa January 20 & 21. Tom and Kathy will be speaking during the Nut marketing and production session with Jeff Jenson on Saturday as well as having a booth Friday - Saturday.

Commercial Chestnut Growing Conference: Letts, Iowa - February 11. Registration and more information is available at

NEW WEBSITE! We are happy to report this old clunky site should be retired by late February 2017 and a new, slicker site put in its place. The new site will have even more information, allow for on-line ordering, and be much easier for us to update. Yahoo!

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 2017. 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.

2017 Newsletter/Catalog: Is being printed. We will mail it out last week of January.

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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