Oak Hill Acres is dedicated to marketing high quality vegetables, bedding plants, and small grains directly to customers!
Oak Hill Acres is owned and operated by Andy and Chrstina Tygrett and Terry and Lorraine Tygrett. The enterprise is named after the old Oak Hill Schoolhouse which, for many years, stood on the property. The schoolhouse, unfortunately, has since burned down but the name "Oak Hill" was carried on by the previous owner's wife. She used to write articles in the Atalissa paper under the column "Oak Hill News."
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The Early Years
Andy's love for horticulture began as a teenager. His father, Terry, at one time owned and operated a gas station at the Tipton exit on Interstate 80. When Andy was an eighth-grader, Terry gave him the responsibility to grow and maintain several flower beds at the station.
A family friend, John Witmer, showed gladiolas and gave Andy a few bulbs to get his start. From 1992 to 1994, Andy showed gladiolas at several shows around the Midwest. Award-winning gladiolas are still part of Oak Hill Acres' flower roster.
When Andy was a junior in high school, a teacher named Bill Hammes encouraged him to show his flowers for National FFA Organization ("Future Farmer's of America"). At the same time, Andy continued to expand. When he was a senior, he bought his first tractor and greenhouse and began to grow bedding plants.
Oak Hill Acres
In 1997, Andy bought the farm that would become Oak Hill Acres. The farm consists of two hundred and sixty acres and had been idle for ten years in the government's CRP program. One hundred seventeen acres is owned by Andy and one hundred sixty acres is owned by Terry. Before they purchased the land, Andy and Terry had done their homework and had discovered that there was a market for certified organic soybeans.
Over the years, Andy expanded from there to include cut flowers, gladiolas, and one acre of certified organic vegetables. Andy also, from 1996 to 1997, graduated from Kirkwood Community College's Horticulture Program.
Today, Andy cultivates and plants thirty to forty acres of certified orgaqnic vegetables! The remainder of the farm is in timber, a pond, small grains, and is seeded down in mixed hay.
In 2002, Andy began selling CSA ("Community Supported Agriculture") shares of his certified organic vegetables and herbs. His first year he enrolled 15 members. In 2008, the program has grown to include over 125 members!
A Family Affair
In 2005, Andy married Christina Nosler. Oak Hill Acres truly is a family-supported business! Andy's parents, Terry and Lorraine, handle the small grains, such as rye, wheat, and hay. Terry maintains the fleet of farm equipment and represents the farm at the Farmer's Market in the Quad Cities. Lorraine helps at the Farmer's Market in the Quad Cities and also assists with the greenhouse crops during the spring when tomatoes, herbs, and cut flowers are seeded.
Christina's family doesn't take a back seat either! Her brother, Joseph Nosler, works full-time at the farm and also at the Farmer's Market in Iowa City with Christina. Her mother, Diane Stillwell, can be found at the farm every Tuesday and Friday when she and Christina pack the CSA coolers with certified organic vegetables and herbs.
The first of the third generation of Tygrett's was born March 28, 2008. She is named Madelynn Rose!
Open houses, potlucks, and farm tours are held throughout the growing season.
1997 FFA National Floriculture Proficiency Winner
1998 FFA American Star Agri-Business (choosen from 1/2 million members)
Over 75 Awards from the Iowa State Fair (gladiolas)
978 - 310th Street, Atalissa, Iowa 52720-9652
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