KNOW YOUR FARMER

Know Your Farmer

At TD n’ Guy, we strive to help improve the health and welfare of people by improving the conditions of local food systems through the utilization of sustainable farming practices.  

It is our duty to educate and empower our customers:

  • About the current state of our nation’s food system and how to make better purchasing decisions when shopping for food.
  • How supporting local producers helps local businesses and the environment.
  • The health benefits of eating more wholesome, close to home, and non-processed foods.

 ~Think global, act local.

 

Terrance Holub, AKA T.D., grew up on a small family farm just outside of Coggon, IA with his Mom and Grandparents. Like most kids T.D. loved being outside and playing sports as well as helping out around the farm. Dan Pilguy grew up outside of Chicago in the suburb of Palatine where he enjoyed playing sports and music. Coming from two opposite social and physical environments, T.D. and Dan crossed paths at the University of Iowa working at the same place on campus their freshman year. Aside from different upbringings they took a few classes together and became good friends outside of school. After graduating with Bachelor’s degrees in Health and Human Physiology, T.D. and Dan spent a few months as interns at a rural farm outside Iowa City and urban farm in Milwaukee, respectively. They remained in close contact during their internships over the phone with the notion in the back of their minds that they could someday become business partners if they put their thoughts and passions to practice.

To learn more about how T.D. and Dan began TD n’ Guy view their timeline here

Timeline

Fall 2012- Sharing a passion for growing food, empowering others to make healthy and environmentally conscious food decisions, and most importantly working outside is what fueled a partnership between T.D. and Dan. While conversing over the phone one evening, T.D. asked Dan if he would be willing to come back out to Iowa and embark with him on an opportunity to put their passions to work on the Holub family farm. Without hesitation Dan graciously accepted T.D.’s proposal and they began a new diversified farming venture. They immediately started collecting food and yard waste from food outlets and landscape jobs for compost, cleaning out an old building on the farm to make space for a work shed, and formulating plans for what would become the framework for their business.

Winter 2012/2013- Much of winter was spent working at a nearby hog farm and plowing snow. On their time off T.D. and Dan researched and collaborated their findings in regards to vegetable farming/gardening and sustainable living. After bouncing ideas off each other and seeking advice from mentors and family members, they decided to invest some their work money into materials such as power tools, lumber, fluorescent lights, seeds, and farming equipment. A plan was in place to design and build raised bed gardens, grow seeds from our homemade compost, and put our research to test by growing whatever fruits and vegetables we can while abiding by organic farming practices. On January, 1st 2013 , TD n’ Guy Garden Oasis became an official LLC.

Spring 2013- With an extremely cold and wet spring, their intentions to begin vegetable farming were delayed and therefore their business direction was focused more toward building and selling their raised bed gardens, vegetable seedlings, and landscape services. Once May came along, TD n’ Guy began experimenting with different sustainable farming practices such as companion planting, compost and vermicomposting, and square foot gardening. Through vigilant observation and documentation they soon began to understand what worked and what areas of their venture needed improvement.

Summer 2013- By the time summer came around during their debut farming season, TD n’ Guy had grown enough good quality vegetables, and coincidentally confidence, to start selling their products at a few local farmers markets in Coggon, Walker, and Independence, Iowa. They began to connect with local businesses in the Corridor region, including the Iowa Valley Food Cooperative, and Backyard Abundance. In addition both T.D. and Dan stayed busy working part time at the local hog farm as well as weekend landscape jobs in Iowa City.

Fall 2013 – TD n’ Guy had their hands full with landscape side jobs, farmers markets, and weekly food waste and yard waste pickups in Iowa City. By establishing connections with other farmers and passionate foodies alike, they began selling their products to local institutions such as Central City High School and the Iowa Valley Food Cooperative. Hot items on the farm were loose-leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, garlic, and even popcorn! After the vegetables were picked and cleaned for the season, cover crops such as winter rye, hairy vetch, and clover were planted and added to the list of their sustainable farming practices. A new 500 ft. garden for tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and squash was created and cover-cropped as well.

Winter 2013/2014- With a cost-effective season in the books, TD n’ Guy were quite pleased with their ability to successfully raise an abundance of produce as well as establish connections within the local food scene. In order to keep business moving in the right direction they decided to become a CSA farm for the 2014 growing season. Growing the majority of their produce for shareholders and their families clearly tied in with their passion for growing fresh, clean produce marketed through a direct and transparent farmer-to-consumer relationship. They began recruiting shareholders though flyers, brochures, social media, and of course in person communication.

Spring 2014 – By the time Spring came 50 shareholders across the Iowa corridor, and even a few from Dan’s home town of Palatine, were signed up to receive a whole season of TD n’ Guy’s produce. They debuted the season by providing seedlings for a community based plant sale in Iowa City put together by Backyard Abundance. On the farm TD n’ Guy installed a drip irrigation system and laid out a few black plastic mulch beds. With T.D.’s grandparents approval they were granted access to an additional 6 acre parcel of land which was planted with a mixture of oats and sweet clover for use in the following season. The first planting season was underway with approximately 1.5 acres set for vegetable production. In Palatine, Dan re-established a fruit and herb garden on his parent’s ¾ acre lot, a continuation on the apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees planted back in the 70’s by his great-grandfather.

Summer 2014- A good chunk of their CSA investments were used to design and build their own walk-in cooler, a project that was finished by the peak of the summer. This additional 1,000 cubic feet of cooling space allowed TD n’ Guy to significantly improve their food storage and handling abilities between the point of harvest and sale. For 16 weeks they harvested, packaged, and delivered their farm products to their 50 CSA customers. They also established themselves at the Iowa City Farmers Market, as well as with wholesale outlets such as the Iowa Valley Food Co-op, local schools, and Grown Locally. To wrap up what was a very productive and successful season TD n’ Guy was awarded a grant from the NRCS EQIP program to fund and build a High Tunnel to help with season extension.

Fall 2014- After their debut CSA season came to an end TD n’ Guy provided a continuation of their direct-to-consumer produce for three additional weeks, through their Fall Market Basket program. In October, T.D. purchased his first home located within a mile of their main fields, and even closer to the additional 6 acres. As the season came to a close they planted garlic as well as over wintering cover crops. Back in Palatine, Dan expanded upon his fruit and herb garden with hopes to expand the diversity of crops as well as provide for his small yet growing customer base in the suburbs. Satisfied with their progress, TD n’ Guy decided to double down and shoot for 100 CSA members for the 2015 season

 

  • Apr 2015

    Fall 2012

    Sharing a passion for growing food, empowering others to make healthy and environmentally conscious food decisions, and most importantly working outside is what fueled a partnership between T.D. and Dan. While conversing over the phone one evening, T.D. asked Dan if he would be willing to come back out to Iowa and embark with him on an opportunity to put their passions to work on the Holub family farm. Without hesitation Dan graciously accepted T.D.’s proposal and they began a new diversified farming venture. They immediately started collecting food and yard waste from food outlets and landscape jobs for compost, cleaning out an old building on the farm to make space for a work shed, and formulating plans for what would become the framework for their business.

  • Apr 2015

    Winter 2012-13

    Much of winter was spent working at a nearby hog farm and plowing snow. On their time off T.D. and Dan researched and collaborated their findings in regards to vegetable farming/gardening and sustainable living. After bouncing ideas off each other and seeking advice from mentors and family members, they decided to invest some their work money into materials such as power tools, lumber, fluorescent lights, seeds, and farming equipment. A plan was in place to design and build raised bed gardens, grow seeds from our homemade compost, and put our research to test by growing whatever fruits and vegetables we can while abiding by organic farming practices. On January, 1st 2013 , TD n’ Guy Garden Oasis became an official LLC.

KNOW YOUR FARMER
KNOW YOUR FARMER
KNOW YOUR FARMER

At TD n’ Guy, we strive to help improve the health and welfare of people by improving the conditions of local food systems through the utilization of sustainable farming practices.  

It is our duty to educate and empower our customers:

  • About the current state of our nation’s food system and how to make better purchasing decisions when shopping for food.

  • How supporting local producers helps local businesses and the environment.

  • The health benefits of eating more wholesome, close to home, and non-processed foods.

 ~Think global, act local.