When properly planned, windbreaks can:

  • Control snow so it's not deposited on driveways, feed bunks, pit fans or roofs
  • "If we don't have to scoop snow off a roof, the trees have paid for themselves."- Ryan Pudenz, Prestage Farms of Iowa

  • Improve relationships with neighbors
  • Provide shade in the summer and protection from winter weather
  • Improve aesthetics and provide visual screening
  • Reduce odor
  • Conserve energy

There are other benefits, too. By participating in the Green Farmstead Partner program, farmers visually demonstrate to their neighbors and community their commitment to doing things right. For this reason, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers will also provide participating farm families with a two-sided, three-foot-by-four-foot personalized Green Farmstead Partner sign for placement at the farm.