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The Livestock Barn

Preserving the past,

looking toward the future.

Johnson County Historic Poor Farm logo
Drawing of a seedling

Our Mission

The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm provides a public space for connecting to the land and local history through inclusive, community-led opportunities.

Large wooden cross located on the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm's unmarked cemetery
Tractor parked in front of the Dairy Barn
Gardeners and farmers seated in chairs in the North Shed talking to one another


Where We've Been

Learn more about the farm’s history and how it has informed the land’s current and future uses.


Where We Are

Learn more about what a day on the farm looks like now and efforts to transform the farm into a space to learn, connect, and heal.


Creating Place Together

Learn more about how local organizations have contributed their time and ideas to improve the farm.

Drawing of an artichoke


Drawing of a bean pod

Come Visit

Due to the current state of construction, there are limited opportunities for the public to visit the farm. 

We anticipate that the farm will be available for public use in 2023.


In the meantime, you can schedule a tour of the farm’s historic buildings and surrounding areas with the Johnson County Historical Society. Please contact their Executive Director, Alexandra McKendree: 

(319) 351-5738 or

Drawing of a watering can

Get In Touch

For general information about the Historic Poor Farm, please contact Ilsa DeWald or Jason Grimm:

For all other questions or comments, please contact

Kelli Andresen:

Ilsa DeWald
Johnson County
Local Foods Coordinator

Kelli Andresen
Johnson County
Media Contact


Jason Grimm
Iowa Valley RC&D

Farm Manager


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