Small Family Farms, Large Amish/Mennonite Families
Kalona and Wellman, home to the Kalona SuperNatural brand, are melting-pot communities located in rural Southeast Iowa full of small farms and businesses. This unique community is composed of several different cultural groups including Amish and Mennonite. Though these cultural groups have their differences, everyone works together to create a small, tourist destination in the heartland of America.
Kalona is a fairly rural community and much of the economy is driven by farming, organic farming in particular. Whether it be organic crops or livestock, you will see it all as you drive through the Kalona countryside. The organic dairy farming community in Kalona continues to grow. Many of the producers that supply milk to make Kalona SuperNatural products have lived and worked on their family farms their whole lives. In the Amish and Mennonite communities, many of the farms have been in the same family for over 150 years and have never been touched by chemical herbicides or pesticides. Often times in these families you will find multiple additions on their homes, as extended families will reside and work together. It is not uncommon to see the whole family out helping with chores, even the children! It takes a lot of people to get the job done when much of the work is still done by hand!
The Amish small farms that we work with believe in living a very traditional lifestyle. Many of them don’t use electricity or rubber. So all of their farm equipment is run by diesel and have metal tires. So what is their primary mode of transportation? Horse and buggy!