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August 24,1954 August 24,1954 \ Trying Vegetable Experiment m ^1^ '"':'. ^1^ ' • I Spent 7 Weeks . TouHrtd EUrOpe Hollnnd?" Thetrip was conducted .land, Germany, Italy, EJrance and Htenkfrt-Catherine' Orthel re-.week's tour of Europe. She left for a,group of college students, England before returning^home. frohi a six New York June 17. on the SS sponsored by the Newman Club, docking m New York on .the SS Olympia. She visited relatives i.h iturned last week . York. Miss Orthel is a graduate of Iowa State college ' .Advertised in "Life" August ,9 GIRLS' NEW FALL CHECK & TWEED WOOL COATS 9 00 Sizes 3-6x Sizes 7-14 —— 12.00 .COATpllWS For bock to sciipol oncJ'iSundn^bilf? tKSse Versatile Ail-Wool Tweed and Check Coats are the answerl Fashioned for Style, Warmth, and Wear. Lovely shades in Blue, Pink, and Brown. Exceptional Valuel , FIRST SHOWING AT PENNEY'S NOW! 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In the picture are Frank Button (left) and John Mullin 6f Corwith, one of the men interosted in vegetable growing in the Corwith-Britt-Crystal Lake area.—(Algona Upper Des Moines flashfoto). When North Iowa suffered the loss by flood of many valuable acres of crops in early June, it was a blow to many farmers. But for a small group of farmers in the Corwith-Britt-Crystal Lake area, it may have been instrumental in developing a new and diversified source of income from vegetable growing. The story of John Mullins of Corwith, a Kossuth farmer and hybrid j.seed corn grower, is typical of what happened'after the heavy rains and floods of June 10. Lost 160 Acres About 160 acres of good crop land was drowned out on Mullins farms. In the original spring planting, Mullins had a few acres of vegetables, as did 10 members of a little group who organized last year and called themselves the Crystal Valley Co-p Vegetable Growers' Ass'n, Mullins decided to utilize his acres of flooded land for more vegetables. There is no question but that North Iowa soil can grow a big variety of vegetables. The major problem is how to market them. The Crystal Valley group found themselves in June with a potential of over 1,000 acres in vegetables. They decided to really line up a distribution system. Contact was made with Frank Dutton and Son, vegetable growers from Zellwood, Florida, who have a slack season in the middle of the summer down in Florida. John Mullins purchased the Fullerton Lumber Yard at Britt, moved the lumber yard out, and moved in a rented cucumber washing, polishing and waxing machine on rental, and personally bought a sweet corn pre- cooling machine. The Buttons came to Britt and got the trucking and marketing end of the business into high gear. They also arranged for 300 Negroes to come to Iowa from Florida for picking the vegetables. They are being housed in barracks at Hayfield, where they have their own cooks. , Before the growing season is over, the new plant at Britt will ship out cucumbers, sweet corn, red beets, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, radishes and iceberg lettuce. Cukes to St. Louis The first load of fresh produce—cucumbers—left Britt Aug. 12 for St. Louis. Sweet corn pick- tig, cooling and packing is underway this week. As one example of how fast the vegetable growing situation is moving, H. Rubin of Philadelphia arrived in Britt last week to check up on spinach growing. He said that his firm bought Texas spinach from December thru April, and New Jersey and Pennsylvania spinach from April through May, and again in October and November. "We can't find any spinach in June, July and August that is right", he ad^d- ed. "We hope this is the missing link." The men in the growing co-op admit they are feeling their way along. They are learning fast, but they do believe that with proper growing and marketing facilities they can receive a substantial per acre income frorn vegetable growing, allowing considerable diversification in their farming plans. Charles McLaughlin of Crystal Lake is president of the co-op, John Mullins is vice president, Al Phillips of Britt is secretary- A field of cabbage on a John Mullin farm in Kossuth county, just northwest of Corwith, is pictured above. The cucumbers from these plants have mostly gone to market now. The above picture gives one an idea how a big field of cucumbers looks. It's quite a change from corn and soy beans, isn't it? L Cucumber cleaning, polishing, waxing and grading is dona in the machine just behind John Mullin and Frank Button in th« above picture. The first truckloads of cucumbers were shipped out last week from the Britt plant of the Crystal Valley Co-Op Vegetable Growers' Ass'n to market in St. Louis. This machine has been rented by the association. treasurer, and Lloyd Rasmussen of Britt and Al Matson of Crystal Lake are directors. To tour the vegetable acres on the MulUns farms requires either a blueprint or the help of Clair (Bus) Olson, foreman at the Mullins farm. Every spot that was flooded out HOW has a growing crop of vegetables, but you have to know where they are to find them, and Olson does. the way of productive income from commercial vegetables growing remains to be seen. But the Crystal Valley Co-Op is willing to experiment, and their results might conceivably bring in an expanded production of fresh vegetables for the metropolitan markets from North Iowa farms. If that happens, it might also offer a welcome new source of What the futurs may hold in farm income in this area.