I’m not sure if it was sleep deprivation or the city that was growing up around our farm, but just a few months after our twins were born this is the question my husband asked me. It did seem to be a natural fit being that at the time we were spitting distance from 2 developments and 1 school, so we went for it. That was in 2005 and since then the small Eastern Iowa bedroom community of North Liberty that my husband grew up in, has quadrupled in size and we have grown up right along with it! We now plant over 15 acres of carving and decorative pumpkins, a variety of squash and gourds, and in 2012 we added a 5-acre corn maze and fall festival that continues to expand every year! We have stayed true to our original goal of providing a safe, affordable, and fun environment that gives people a place to reconnect with the rich farmland that Iowa provides. Come on out and enjoy “a little country…in the city”!
Who We Are
Dean Colony –Farmer/Creator/Ideas Guy
Dean is a 3rd Generation farmer of our farm which has been in the family since 1927. He ran XC and track for both West High and Iowa State University and has many awards and titles credited to his name. Between his love of farming and gift of running, he developed his hard-working, no-nonsense attitude of never giving up and to always help your neighbor. Through this thinking, he has created a magical place where families come year after year to reconnect… with each other, to the land, and to the community. He hopes to keep this special place a family tradition for many years to come, despite the city that continues to grow up around it.
Katie Colony – Administration/Mom to many/Grounder of the Idea’s Guy
Katie is a city girl turned urban farm girl from Des Moines who married her college sweetheart and started an adventure of a lifetime. The pumpkin adventure started after she transitioned from full-time athletic trainer to stay-at-home mom of 3 youngins under 3. It grew not only from the need for a second income but also as a desire to keep a family farm from getting swallowed by a quickly developing town. It has since blossomed into a popular community attraction where we nurture family connections, and support community businesses and needs.
Megan, Eric & Alison Colony – Future Farmers/Entrepreneurs/Grunt Labor
Though by pure default, these 4th generation Colony farmers have fully embraced the love of the land and desire to make a mark in our community. While learning many valuable life skills each Colony child plays an important role within the family business, from technical, ie. building and fixing things, to social planning and engagement, and have even played a part on the financial end at times! As they have grown they have learned how special our farm is, and have seen first hand how it impacts others. Other families, as well as the community at large.
Frank and Peg Colony – Parents/Pioneers/Crazy Idea Supporters
As any good parent would be, concern and a slight glimpse of pessimism were the first reaction to their youngest son’s crazy idea of pumpkins on the traditionally corn and soybean farm, but support and a desire to keep the farm alive won out in their hearts. They have been open to new ideas and supportive of expansion ever since!
Part of our vision is to help and support our community. We routinely give to various local organizations, often feature a cause in our maze design and partner with local businesses for a range of sponsorship opportunities. The goal is to bring awareness, as well as give our customers valuable incentives to visit these partnering businesses. You can click on the links to visit their pages, but don’t forget to make plans to come hunt for their logos in our corn maze to earn those rewards and discounts!