Farm Fresh

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October 29, 2009
Originally published in Back to Basics

Nobody ever said farming was easy, but the rewards of a homegrown harvest are great. On six acres of fertile land in the heart of rural Iowa, Geoff and Joanna Mouming mix modern home design with a traditional way of life.

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  Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. On the field that stretches out before 
it, organic vegetables will soon make attentive farmers of the Moumings. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house.
    Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. On the field that stretches out before it, organic vegetables will soon make attentive farmers of the Moumings. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house.
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  At their dining table, the Moumings enjoy the fruits of Joanna’s passion for cooking and Geoff’s passion for growing.
    At their dining table, the Moumings enjoy the fruits of Joanna’s passion for cooking and Geoff’s passion for growing.
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  The kitchen cabinets with cutouts for handles were designed by a local woodworker. The stairs lead to a loft office where Joanna works, perched beside a quilt made by her great-grandmother.
    The kitchen cabinets with cutouts for handles were designed by a local woodworker. The stairs lead to a loft office where Joanna works, perched beside a quilt made by her great-grandmother.
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  From the office, a high window frames a view of the Moumings’ fields.
    From the office, a high window frames a view of the Moumings’ fields.
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  The slatted wall that divides the sleeping and living quarters has maple-ply boxed shelves that can be rearranged.
    The slatted wall that divides the sleeping and living quarters has maple-ply boxed shelves that can be rearranged.
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  A Blu Dot Buttercup rocker and armchair sit next to the woodburning stove set on a limestone slab from Stone City, Iowa—a city famously captured by the painter Grant Wood, who grew up in that area.
    A Blu Dot Buttercup rocker and armchair sit next to the woodburning stove set on a limestone slab from Stone City, Iowa—a city famously captured by the painter Grant Wood, who grew up in that area.
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  Cultivating the land keeps the Moumings in a frequent rotation in and out of the house. A Dutch door lets indoor and outdoor tasks flow together easily as they go about their day (with Yuri the cat standing guard).
    Cultivating the land keeps the Moumings in a frequent rotation in and out of the house. A Dutch door lets indoor and outdoor tasks flow together easily as they go about their day (with Yuri the cat standing guard).
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  A simple shower design using corrugated steel references farmhouses of old.
    A simple shower design using corrugated steel references farmhouses of old.
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  The custom kitchen cabinetry with its cutout pulls and geometric arrangement strikes a modern chord.
    The custom kitchen cabinetry with its cutout pulls and geometric arrangement strikes a modern chord.
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  Before the Moumings built their house, they camped out on their six acres while preparing the land for farming, planting grass and clover in place of soybean stubble. As the house arose from its foundation, soil-fixing plants grew from seed. Now the couple can focus on growing food.
    Before the Moumings built their house, they camped out on their six acres while preparing the land for farming, planting grass and clover in place of soybean stubble. As the house arose from its foundation, soil-fixing plants grew from seed. Now the couple can focus on growing food.
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