ISU Extension video down on the farm

Posted on: May 12, 2010
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The ISU Extension video team recently made a trip to MoGoOrganic Farms to visit with owner Morgan Hoenig. Hoenig was recently in the news when President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made a visit to her farm Tuesday, April 27.
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Morgan Hoenig, owner of MogoOrganic Farms, talks about her business

We visited Hoenig to talk about how she has worked with ISU Extension over the last several years as she took her farm from idea to reality. We got Hoenig on camera talking about her farm and her involvement with ISU Extension — starting with becoming a Master Gardener and using various resources and contacts since then.

However, we also had time to get to know Hoenig a bit, and she shows a true passion for what she does and what the future holds for her and MoGoOrganic. Whether talking about what her community-supported agriculture subscribers can expect in their baskets this summer or what the next phase of her barn remodel is, Hoenig is always ready to excitedly tell you.

Other ISU Extension staff stopped by and caught up with Hoenig, including Bob Dodds, regional extension education director, Janet Smith, program specialist for families and youth who helped point Hoenig to several resources, and Marsha Laux, program coordinator with the value added agriculture program and mentor to Hoenig as she developed a business plan.

Hoenig is a great example of a young farmer taking the first steps and building her business from the ground up, using the resources available to her. Hoenig also gives back to her community — she manages the Mt. Pleasant farmers’ market, which starts May 22, and has given talks to various groups in her area, as well as school tours. Look for more on Hoenig in the coming weeks as we release our video and the news team puts together an article.

–video team

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