SEGMENT: AGRO-TOURISM, SPECIALTY CROPS, & ENVIRONMENT

John Ackerman>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 1

SEGMENT: AGRO-TOURISM, SPECIALTY CROPS, & ENVIRONMENT,

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Names, Dates, & Places
AGRO-TOURISM
Allow school groups to come to Ackerman Farms. Had about 2,700 children come in 2007. Children go on a hayride, pet the animals, learn about pumpkins, and get a gift at the end of the day.
FARM BUSINESS
Talks about the creation of his webpage.
SPECIALTY CROPS
Mentions attempting to grow strawberries in 2005, but only had 5% of a normal crop. Talks about his apple trees and the U-Pick operation; doesn't pre-pick the apples.
FOOD & MEALS
Grows sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers, but doesn't sell.
ENVIRONMENT
Farm is on gently rolling lowlands; area used to be a swamp-needed drainage tiles. At the base of a glacial moraine. Has an aquifer about 12 feet underground. Mentions use of clay drainage tiles. Hopes to one day put in modern drainage tiles, but its expensive.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Says that every operation needs its own equipment.