An Introduction to Marilyn Farms

Gary and Marilyn Hargrave were the original founders of this organic farm back in the 1980’s. It was their desire to see a restoration on many levels in what they perceived to be a profound erosion of not only the health of farming and food production in general, but the very fabric of the farm family and local community.

When we first started there were no certified organic farms in the Kalona, Iowa area. Now, it is one of the most concentrated certified organic farming areas in the country. When we first began to experiment with a 100% grass-fed beef operation in the early 1990’s, the term “grass-fed” did not register as something positive with customers. Now, the term “grass-fed” is mainstream.

Today Marilyn Farms is headed up by Phil and Marjorie Forbes, along with their two daughters Isabel and Zoe. There is a community of dedicated people working to create Gary and Marilyn's vision.

Marilyn in particular, who has such a heart for the health of her children, her family and her community, is the plumb-line by which we all measure our efforts by. It truly is "Marilyn's Farm." All of us here at Marilyn Farms are driven to walk out her vision of healthy individuals, healthy families, and healthy communities. We not only sell products that help people stay healthy but we also provide food for the local community here in Kalona. Check back often for more insight on Marilyn’s vision and how we are walking that out and expressing it into reality.


Pictured above from left to right: Zoe, Phil, Isabel, and Marjorie Forbes

Contact Information:
Marilyn Farms
1385 Nutmeg Avenue
Kalona, Iowa 52247
(319) 656-5255