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2014 Heartland Acres Golf Outing – September 3rd

The Heartland Acres Annual Golf Outing will be held Wednesday, September 3rd at River Ridge Golf Course.

  • Hole in one prizes sponsored by Dunlap Motors.
  • Beef and pork bundles will once again be used for raffle, hole and team prizes.
  • Details, entry forms and hole sponsorships to follow.

Heartland Acres Featured on KCRG’s “Our Town”

Heartland Acres is featured in a KCRG’s “Our Town” segment. Check out the video!

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — There’s a rich history of farming in Iowa. That’s why Heartland Acres Agribition Center is showcasing how far agriculture has come and where it is going.

“We’ve got a lot of stories to tell that will educate people on agriculture,” Craig Johnson, Heartland Acres Executive Director, said.

An idea that started in 2003 was taking shape during TV9’s last visit in Our Town Independence in 2006. Since it opened in 2007, Johnson says visitors from around the world have walked through the doors to learn about Iowa’s farm history.

“We really want them to experience agriculture — see the items that we have on display and get a feel for what agriculture used to be like, and not only that, but also get an idea of what might be coming in the future for agriculture,” Johnson said.

Old tractors, equipment, farm animals and an old one room school house piece together the past and the present of life in the Midwest.

Heartland Acres also features a lot of old cars — it’s like a drive through time.

“The cars represent the decades, each decade following the horseless carriage,” Johnson said. “And in the car museum, you’re going to see some beautiful cars, they are unique to Heartland Acres and just one of a kind.”

Johnson said they always try to have something new on display, and every six months they change out a few displays.

Heartland Acres is open for tours seven days a week during the summer and weekdays only during the winter months.

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Heartland Acres Family Fishing Day Returns Sunday July 13

Scott, Janet, James and Grace Henderson enjoy Family Fishing Day on Swan Lake

Family Fishing Day will be Sunday, July 13 at Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa.  The campus will allow fishing on Swan Lake to guests as part of their regular paid museum admission.  Annual or lifetime members of Heartland Acres will be able to fish at no extra charge.

Fishing will run from noon to 4:00 PM on the second Sunday of the month through September 2014.  Wristbands to fish Swan Lake will be available at the admission desk in the museum.  Swan Lake holds a variety of fish including Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill and Bass.  For these events, anglers will be allowed to “catch and keep” all Crappie, Large Mouth Bass, and Bluegill.  All other fish are to be catch and release.

Fishing will be allowed from the shore only.  Anglers are to bring their own gear. Simple gear including: poles, 1/8 oz jigs, twister tails, hooks and sinkers will work fine. Worms make the best bait and will be supplied lakeside at no charge, courtesy of Ben and Jill Bigler from The Bait Shoppe.  Anglers are to follow all Iowa fishing laws and regulations and are required to have a valid Iowa Fishing License and be good sportsmen.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit our homepage, call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.

Heartland Acres is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.

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Family Fishing Day Recap

Family Fishing Day was recently held at the Heartland Acres campus on Father’s Day Sunday, June 15.  The event created an opportunity for families to bring their children out for an afternoon of fishing on Swan Lake.

“The popularity of Family Fishing day has grown over the last few years so we decided to expand the opportunity to experience fishing on Swan Lake.”, commented Craig Johnson Executive Director.  Family Fishing Day will be held the second Sunday of the month through September.  Fishing will run from noon to 4:00PM. Wristbands to fish Swan Lake may be purchased at the admission desk in the museum.

Aquaculture (Fish Farming) in Iowa is seeing interest among some Iowa farmers as a way to diversify and use existing resources.  Heartland Acres is using Swan Lake and Family Fishing day as a way to help visitors learn about aquaculture and enjoy an afternoon of fishing with the family along with seeing the museum.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at or call (319) 332.0123 or visit us on Facebook.  Heartland Acres is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.

Family Fishing Day - The Henderson Family