The current proposals for the redesign of the intersection at Iowa 330 between U.S. 65 and Jasper County Road F-17 would destroy Cleverley Farms, and with it the livelihood and homes of the Cleverley family. Central Iowa would lose one of its most treasured local farms and sources of healthy, local food.
The current intersection has already carved up the Cleverley's properties. The current proposals would largely destroy what remains of the Cleverley's land.
We're writing to ask that you reject the current proposals for the redesign of Iowa 330 between U.S. 65 and Jasper County Road F-17.
Cleverley Farms, located in Mingo, IA, has been owned by the same family for the last 85 years. Cleverley Farms has a regional reputation for freshness and quality that is vital to promoting the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative goals of increasing access to local foods and healthy eating. There are three residences currently on the farm – the home of farmer Larry Cleverley and his wife Beth, his father’s home, and his sister’s home.
On May 28th, 2013 the Cleverley’s were made aware of two highway re-design proposals by the Iowa Department of Transportation, both of which would destroy the residences on the farm, as well as eradicate half of the acreage. Unfortunately, Cleverley uses this portion of the land for growing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This land is the Cleverley’s livelihood and without it, their income will be drastically reduced.
The current DOT proposals would divide Cleverley Farms for the third time for projects related to Highway 330. No one disagrees that this is a dangerous intersection. However, the Iowa DOT proposals would be incredibly expensive to taxpayers and will destroy a family farm that has been in the community for 85 years and supplies area residents and businesses with certified naturally grown produce.
The undersigned request that Iowa DOT reject the current proposals, and instead develop a solution that would be less expensive and would save Cleverley Farms, such as a reduced speed zone with stoplight.