DOUGHERTY-- As an Iowa native who knows little to nothing about farming, I was excited to tour E. Tyden Farm No. 6 in late August. The multi-generational group I joined on the tour was made up of city slickers (me) and lifelong farmers, and we all enjoyed the experience!
1. Emil Tyden was an Innovator. The Swedish immigrant was an inventor with over 200 patents. He has a passion for agricultural science, and understood its importance in the world. You start your tour with a very interesting video, which you can also view on their website. (I watched it again after the tour!)
2. The Barn is Huge! The signature Big Red Barn was built in 1936, and stands 140 feet long and 40 feet high. You really get a sense of how massive it is climbing up to the second level where it was a wide open space with bales of hay that the kids can play in.
3. Antique Farm Equipment is Equally Cool and Scary. The bottom level of the barn is full of the equipment of yesteryear, before the days of GPS and drones. All items are labeled, and they have a couple of items that they demonstrate: the corn grinder and a water pump.
4. Agri-tecture is a Thing. The enormous corn crib is made out of concrete blocks, intricately placed, and reinforced with metal straps. It is really unique in its construction. We learned how the elevator worked and got to peek inside. It sits next to what many people think is a silo, but is actually an on-site water tower you need to see for yourself.
5. The Garden is an Attraction all its own! Judy’s green thumb is matched by her sense of humor, making this a beautifully fun highlight of the tour.
6. The Owners Love this Place! Ted and Judy Pitzenberger’s passion for the farm is evident every step of the way. Ted is the tour guide and is very friendly and knows the farm like the back of his hand. Judy is a great host, and the on-site museum is filled with her family heirlooms that have stories to tell. Both of them never stop smiling and you can tell they love to share the farm’s history and their heritage with visitors.
E. Tyden Farm No. 6
1145 300th St Dougherty, IA
Guided tours are $15 per person. All U.S. Veterans enjoy free admission.