• Tyler Harris

    Familiar Small Town Names in the City

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on February 22, 2013

    Looking back on my years in college, I realize it was the first time I was exposed to the consumer side of the farm to table discussion, at least to this extent. Like many Midwest towns, Iowa City was once a farming community, although it may not seem like it today. Just take a look at Plum Grove, the home of Iowa's first (territorial) governor, Robert Lucas. Built in 1844, the farmstead is now surrounded by a residential area not far from Highway 6. Today, Iowa City could be called…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Town and Country

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on February 15, 2013

    I remember my first day of Ag Science my freshman year of high school in Creston, Iowa. Ag advisor, Galen Zumbach introduced the course with British scholar Thomas Malthus. It made sense to introduce an introductory ag course by discussing the expanding world population and the importance of agriculture in sustaining that population. However, it wasn't until I left home for the "big scary metropolis" of Iowa City that I understood why this had to be stressed. A big topic…

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