small frye farm

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In 1881 the Frye farms were settled east of Maysville, Scott County, Iowa, and were designated an Iowa Century Farm in 1981. Over the years the farm raised cattle, hogs, chickens, oats, corn, alfalfa and soy beans. small frye farm comprises the organic portion growing fruits, vegetables, grain, herbs and cutting flowers. The seven acre homestead has been organic since 1994, and nine additional acres were certified organic in 2013 with twenty-three more set aside as chemical free. In 2009 Susan Frye established the small frye farm vegetable, fruit, herb, cutting flower CSA which serves subscribers in Scott and Johnson counties.. In 2009 Susan Frye established the small frye farm vegetable/fruit/herb/cutting flower CSA which serves subscribers in Scott and Johnson counties.

small frye farm has over two hundred trees and countless perennial flowers, bushes, native grasses, fruits and herbs. Susan is continually planting more apple, peach, cherry, apricot, currant, blueberry and raspberry bushes and trees and recently added pecan and hickory trees. There are over seventy five black walnuts on the property, and a strawberry patch was started 2013. More fruit trees, including pear, will be added annually. During the 1920s Susan’s grandmother, Vera Frye, planted the heirloom lilac, spirea, iris, peony and poppy that continue to provide flowers for small frye farm customers.

The farm is located approximately three miles west of Farm and Fleet on Highway 130 (11150 New Liberty Road), Scott County. The farmhouse, garage and chicken house were constructed of brick from a Moline, Illinois quarry between 1918 and 1921, and four wooden barns and sheds, along with a stucco pump house, were added after that. Susan and her family have been restoring the buildings since 1994.

Read the Quad-City Times articles by By Alma Gaul, Back Home and Couple has refurbished farm buildings, updated house to learn more about small frye farm and view the photo gallery.

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Photo of Susan Frye for Quad-City Times by Louis Brems