Meet Tim Iwig
In the 1930's, Topeka was home to hundreds of dairies. Nearly 100 years later there is only one. Iwig Family Dairy is unassumingly hidden in the urban sprawl of northeast Kansas. Tucked between a school and a church is an American tradition, but for farmer Tim Iwig it is a livelihood.
Tim Iwig lives the life most only know from the chorus of a country song. A modern day dairyman, Tim wakes up every day at 3am to begin his work and doesn't quit until everything is done, long after the sun goes down. There are no holidays, no sick days, just more work to be done. This has been his life since he was 6 years old, standing on cinder blocks so he could help his dad milk the cows.
The Iwig's have had dairy operation in Kansas for over a century. Iwig's milk cows are fed a diet of grains and grass that is locally produced and never treated with pesticides or herbicides. The herd is not injected with hormones or antibiotics. Most importantly, the milk is processed at the farm using the traditional vat pasteurization process. This pasteurization heats the milk slowly, destroying any pathogens without harming the essential amino acids and proteins found in milk. The result is the best milk you have ever had.
Tim's refusal to compromise the quality of his product has made him a hero in northeast Kansas. It has also come with some unfortunate consequences. There are two unfortunate realities in the life of a farmer: droughts and banks. For Tim and Iwig Family Dairy, both have come the same time. A record drought across the Midwest has hindered Tim's ability to produce milk which has made it impossible for him to keep current with his payments to the bank.
There is nothing we can do about the weather and floods, but the bank is a different story. Through the successful funding of this campaign we can get rid of the bank forever and return the farm to the American farmer! Funds raised through this campaign will be used to pay Iwig's obligation to the bank and allow him to continue producing the finest milk in the country.
Our Thanks To the Community
We have been very blessed by the community and we want to be able to return some of those blessings. As this campaign progresses, we will create touch points as a way to say thank you to those that have supported us. When the campaign reaches the $200,000 point we will begin preparing our land for a community garden. The garden will provide fresh, nutritious vegetables to the community and also be used to support local food pantries.
Thanks you for your contributions and please be sure to share this campaign.