Laura Krouse is the owner of Abbe Hills Farm. She bought the 72-acre farm in 1988 from the Neal family of Mount Vernon. Laura grew up near Toddville and has undergraduate degrees in agronomy and agricultural business from Iowa State University, a graduate degree in agronomy from the University of Florida, and a teaching certificate from Cornell College. She worked for many years with migrant and seasonal farm workers in Immokalee, Florida, and taught in the biology department at Cornell College for 20 years. She is a Sunday school teacher at First Mennonite Church in Iowa City, and is a long-time commissioner of the Linn Soil and Water Conservation District. She also serves as a conservationist spokesperson for the Iowa Learning Farm, and on the board of the Southeast Linn Community Center, which is the home of our local food pantry. Laura speaks frequently on natural resource use, water quality, and the food system. She likes children, parties, beneficial insects, and really good food.