Red Granite Farm is owned and operated by Steve and Nicole Jonas and is located in rural Boone County. The farm is a short 10 minute drive from Story City, 15 minutes from Boone and 20 minutes from North Ames. Red Granite Farm is a diverse operation, including 3 acres of vegetables, 800 laying hens in the summer months and over 200 varieties of hardy perennials, vines, shrubs, annuals and succulents. RGF invites vendors with Vintage, Antique, and Repurposed goods occasionally throughout the season. They also host tours for students, garden clubs and other civic groups. Potting parties and culinary classes are also held throughout the season.
Red Granite Farm came about because of Steve and Nicole’s love of the farm and a desire to give their children a farm life. Both Steve and Nicole grew up on conventional Iowa farms, but knew they couldn’t do that for their children. Red Granite Farm became the way to give their three children a farm life. Steve has a degree in Horticulture from ISU with an emphasis in Fruit and Vegetable Production, while Nicole’s degree in Horticulture focused on Ornamental Horticulture.
From a young age, Steve had a passion for growing his own food, so growing extra for sale at the farmers market has always been a goal. Nicole is a people person, so she focuses on the sales part of the business. Their goal is to always provide a quality product and develop a personal relationship with their customers. “Know your farmer, know your food” means a lot to them, and they always do their very best to produce a great product while taking care of the land for generations to come.
The extensive inventory of unique perennials includes many plants you won’t be able to find at big box stores. Red Granite Farm provides a great selection of hardy perennials, vines and shrubs, all in one place. In the spring, specialty annuals and succulents are available for all your patio containers. They also offer a great selection of mums in the fall to help you decorate with the unique pumpkins they grow and sell at the farm.
With over 20 years of experience in the ornamental horticulture industry, Nicole is a plethora of knowledge and loves to share it with her customers. Red Granite Farm also has an acre of display gardens to welcome you to the farm and to show you the perennials they sell in a real garden situation. Nicole loves to give garden tours and talk plants!
So many people have asked them, “How do you do it all?” Nicole’s best response is, “If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life,” and that is how they feel. Steve has a passion for growing quality produce, and Nicole loves to teach people about perennial gardening. Together they enjoy selling it to the community and hope to teach their children something about farm life along the way.
Red Granite Farm is located on what once was a Century Farm- owned by one family for over 100 years. The Moeller family was generous enough to give us these farm photos that show the farm’s progress through the years. We treasure the history that they hold, and hope that Red Granite Farm has 100 years of history to share someday.
Red Granite Farm Established 2007