Matthew and Lori Wiese met while they attended the University of Northern Iowa and married in 1996. Matthew’s degree is in Geographic Information Systems, and he spent 12 years working in the IT field while dreaming of finding a way to support his growing family by working for himself. He has loved gardening since an early age and credits his Grandma Diersen for cultivating his love of plants and farming. The Wieses were CSA members and started to explore how they could use the CSA model to combine Matthew’s passion for gardening with a way to work from home. In January of 2014, he took the exciting step of quitting his IT job to start Heirloom Farm.
Matthew spent the 2014 season as a farm hand at the Small Potatoes Farm through the Practical Farmers of Iowa Labor4Learning program. Rick at Small Potatoes has been running a successful CSA for over 10 years and Matthew gained invaluable experience working with him.
When he’s not farming, you can find Matthew finishing renovations on the Wiese’s 1920’s farmhouse, reading, or enjoying the company of friends and family. He is also skilled at building beautiful furniture and functional contraptions out of wood. Check out his creations here.
Lori’s degree is in Management, and she worked in the financial services industry for 9 years before leaving the corporate world to stay home with the growing Wiese family. She now enjoys homeschooling the four Wiese children: Maegan (12), Ethan (10), Lauren (7) and Gretchen (4). Lori has a weakness for staying up too late with a good book, but she somehow manages to get up and go for a run most mornings. If she had unlimited time, she would spend more of it playing board games or cards with friends and family. Perhaps someday she’ll finish those cross-stitch, embroidery, and crochet projects she ran out of time to finish.
The Wieses are members of Crossroad Evangelical Free Church in Earlham, Iowa. Their faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of their family’s life and work. Even more central to their lives than the concepts behind Heirloom Farm is the idea of the eternal inheritance offered freely to anyone who would accept it through faith. I Peter 1:3-5 says:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
If you would like to inherit the heirloom of eternal life, the Wieses would be happy to talk to you about how you could be written into God’s will.