Wild Rose Pastures, LLC was formed by Janice and Ryan Marquardt on March 13, 2007. We believe in raising chemical-free, antibiotic-free animals who live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. We purchased 40 acres north of Pella, IA in December of 2007 and started a farm and a family there. We sold that property in October of 2014 in order to purchase 20 acres of Ryan’s family’s farm near Van Meter, IA west of Des Moines. We moved our cattle herd and a few laying hens and started production from our current location in 2015.
Ryan graduated from Iowa State University in May 2008 with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and a certificate in Public Administration. He currently runs the production side of the farm and is a stay-at-home father to our two children.
Janice graduated from Iowa State University in August 2008 with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and she got an MBA from University of Northern Iowa in December 2014. She coordinates marketing and customer relations and is currently in Procurement at MidAmerican Energy.