Hitchcock Nature Center

The mission of the Hitchcock Nature Center is to exist to develop and foster appreciation and understanding of the Loess Hills as a globally significant landform through land management, environmental education and low-impact recreation. Acquired by Pottawattamie County in 1991, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1,268 acres located in the heart of the…

Big Coop Before & After

Our new property came with a 600 sq. ft. poultry house that was built in 1950. We call this the ‘big coop’ or the ‘new coop’ because we already had one from our old house. We are now done with the exterior upgrade project. Some ‘before’ photos of the buildingIncluded in the project: 1. Re-build…

Bouquet of Café au Lait Dahlias

How gorgeous is this bouquet featuring the one and only Café au Lait? This vase color and shape along with this perfect mix of foliage just really sets them off. Also included in this bouquet: love in a puff, black knight scabiosa, sedum autumn joy, scented geranium, millet, smoke bush and viburnum. The contrast is amazing! What…

A Little Blue Coop (Before & After)

Last May we moved an old weathered cabin to our farm where it went through a transformation. It had “good bones” but needed a lot of repair and cosmetic improvements after years of neglect. We started with a new roof, structural reinforcements, new flooring, siding repair and replacement, new custom 6-pane windows with screens along with lots and…