116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Indian Creek Nature Center’s Etzel Sugar Grove Farm has achieved a significant milestone toward a more sustainable future. The Midwest Organic Services Association has certified that the eggs and produce from the farm, available at the center’s Creekside Shop, are organic.
For years, the 190-acre farm in rural Marion was a conventional corn and soybean operation. Since 2016, the center has worked to transition the Frontier Co-op Permaculture Field and chicken operation to organic, with the goal of modeling sustainable agriculture practices, as well as improving biodiversity, water quality and overall environmental sustainability in Iowa. Organic certification — a rigorous and often challenging process — was a critical piece of implementing the center’s overall mission to promote a sustainable future.