“Community” is Our 2021 Word of the Year

Rather than set New Year’s Resolutions, each year I pick a word on which to focus. A couple of years ago I focused on “experience.” I am passionate about creating hands-on experiences, so families can create wonderful memories when visiting our pumpkin patch in North Iowa. 

Another year I focused on “engagement.” To make the most of your experience at Enchanted Acres’ pumpkin patch, one must engage in the activities. You must actively participate in activities whether by painting a pumpkin, taking a hayride, roasting s’mores over an open fire, feeding our goats, walking through our field to find the perfect pumpkin, and/or listening to our Books in the Barn story time. Purchasing our delicious apple cider and homemade goodies inside The Market only enhances the experience, in my opinion.

I truly enjoy seeing families take their annual photos in front of our “How Tall This Fall” photo board. I know our life-sized tractor keeps many kids coming back year after year, too. The corn pool and our friendly goats are other highlights of a visit to our little North Iowa farm. 

After reading the Winter Issue of the beautiful “Fresh Pickings” magazine from the Iowa Food & Family Project, I’ve decided my focus word for 2021 will be “community.” Editor Kelly Visser, writes, “Nine months into a global pandemic marked with grief, frustration, uncertainty and many indescribable emotions, it’s easy to turn sideways on our goals and lose sight of the bigger picture… I’m a work in progress but finding new ways to connect with my community has helped me remember my bigger picture through this isolating time.”

Let’s make 2021 the time we come together for the benefit of the North Iowa Community!

Here are a few ways in which Enchanted Acres – and YOU, our farm guests – have contributed to the North Iowa Community for the past nine years:


  1. Fall Ball” to benefit Make-a-Wish Iowa. Enchanted Acres presented the Fall Ball for five consecutive years. Click here to see how wishes come true for people in our own community.
  2. Embarked on a Mission to help a local veteran raise funds for his service dog. Gate proceeds plus two generous anonymous donors helped Andrew O’Connor of Sheffield, Iowa, surpass his $7,500 fundraising goal. 
  3. Paws in the Patch to benefit the Humane Society of North Iowa. Although we sponsored this benefit in 2017, the pet supply donation list is still relevant. 

Each year we host at least one fundraiser. This year I’m asking you to help me choose our cause. This spring we will start accepting nominations. I want our 2021 charity benefit to be bigger and better than ever. It feels good to do good, so let’s do some good! 

Donations will be collected for the winning charity during the 2021 fall season opener. More details will be forthcoming.