About HPP 2017-01-31T01:03:28+00:00

Founders of High Prairie Produce

HPP | Founders

Jonathan May

(2016 – Present)

Jonathan began his appreciation for local foods and small scale agriculture while working towards his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University in 2013. His career began at a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin but quickly found a small nearby farm in which to spend most of his free time. Jonathan moved to Red Oak in 2014 after taking a new position with the same company. Not having immediate access to land to keep a garden, it didn’t take long before he converted a spare bedroom into a full fledged hydroponic greenhouse. When he’s not gardening, Jonathan enjoys spending his time with his dog Ellie, bicycling local trails, home brewing beer, and cooking fresh meals.

Allison Adams

(2016 – Present)

Allison Adams was locally grown right here in Red Oak, Iowa; you can even consider her being an heirloom variety as a 5th generation of her kin. Allison went to school at Syracuse University and studied environmental science and policy studies. After graduation she served two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. While there she worked as an agriculture volunteer doing projects with soy, beekeeping, and water quality. Allison is quite the expert in quoting TV sitcoms, drinking gallons of coffee, and rapping to 90’s R&B. She works at an ethanol plant near Red Oak where she lives with her beautiful, yet dumb dog Tucker.

Beau Boeye

(2016 – Present)

Beau Boeye is a social entrepreneur who marches to the beat of a different drum whilst challenging the status quo. Beau spent a few years within the higher education system but decided to form his own path down the road less traveled. He dramatically changed his life around the year of 2012 when he woke up one day realizing how incredibly riddled our world is of issues. Since then his mission has been to enact positive solutions for the Southwest Iowa region. When he’s not trying to save the world from tyranny, Beau enjoys expanding his knowledge of all things nutritious, skateboarding & running around town, playing aggressive games of shuffleboard, fixing computers, and doing whatever he can to add value to the world around him.

How did #HPP come about?

High Prairie Produce is the summation of the three founders coming together one evening in March of 2016 with the thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we started a market garden?” And just like that the gears started turning and picking up speed. Allison, Jonathan, and Beau didn’t necessarily grow up with the intention of gardening/farming, but as their lives progressed forward they all found themselves in a position where nature bestowed enlightenment upon each of them, giving them the experiences and the understanding as to why it’s so important to work with nature. With that said, these three individuals, who have traveled all over the world, happened to come together at the same place, at the same time, with the same ideas in mind.

High Prairie Produce’s main goal is to bring clean nutrient dense foods to Southwest Iowa. With the group being located within Montgomery County, #HPP has its challenges ahead of them but that isn’t going to prevent this group from trying to strike change; if anything it instills the desire to overcome these challenges even more. With everyone’s strong will, motivation, and positive attitudes, the founders, fellow members, and amazing volunteers, High Prairie Produce is looking to bring about a local Renaissance – to invoke long lasting positive change into the local communities of Southwest Iowa, not only with clean foods, but educating the public that everyone has the ability to change the world around them.

Members and Volunteers

Ian Medeiros

Ian Medeiros

(2016 – Present)

Ian Medeiros was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where his appreciation for being outdoors and in the water began. This appreciation continued when he moved & grew up in Red Oak, IA; even without the ocean being right next door. Ian played soccer while earning his degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from BCU in Sioux City, IA. He currently works at an international feed company as a creative lead and oversees advertising and marketing, specifically concept strategy development and execution of marketing/advertising campaigns. His love for disc golf, soccer, and the beach has him outside and active every day. On the rare occasion he’s not cycling on the highway, you can find him indoors fiddling with new technology, listening to indie mix tapes or NPR, and watching The Office for the 26th time.

Ben Adams

Ben Adams

(2016 – Present)

Benjamin Adams is Allison’s younger brother and also the youngest of the Adams family. Ben is our Healthy Turf sponsor who handles our heavy metal machine operations and has done a fantastic job helping us prepare both of our garden plots for the season.  For not being one who loves his vegetables as much as the rest of us, Ben is ready to taste test the difference when you source your produce locally. Ben is also very excited to help spearhead several of our High Street projects including our natural swimming pool and is hoping to get it done ASAP so we all can enjoy a splash when the summer heat kicks in.

Will Brown

Will Brown

(2016 – Present)

Will is proud to be a native Iowan, raised in Zearing, Iowa. He is now a resident of Red Oak, and serves as the minister at First Christian Church. He earned a B.A. from Texas Christian University in Religion and in Communication Studies (Go Frogs!), and a Masters in Divinity from Brite Divinity School. Will enjoys rural life; he also enjoys helping HPP with various work projects around the garden such as weeding onions, because it’s really tough to mess up, usually… Will has a strong passion in helping to building community and helping people connect in healthy and meaningful ways. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, running, biking, a little disc golf, and spending good time with people.

Anna Aufdenberg

Anna Aufdenberg

(2016 – Present)

Anna is a Senior at Shenandoah High School. She moved to Red Oak from Southern Missouri when she was 3 years young and has lived here ever since. A recent adventure to Jamaica, along with experiencing the Rastafarian culture and their soulful beliefs, has opened Anna’s eyes to a different way of life; unlocking her aspirations to pursue idealism and vegetarianism. As a child, Anna was raised on a farm and plans on returning to her roots. After high school her mission is to join the WWOOF program to gain personal experience with self-sustainable farmers and to learn the ways of forest management; with future plans of majoring in forestry with a minor in education at university.