Geisler Farms, owned and operated by Darrell and Malinda Geisler, is a third-generation family business that raises corn and soybeans 14 miles northeast of downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
The farm was established in 1945 by Darrell’s parents and grandparents. During the early years, the farm raised corn, soybeans, oats, hay, milk cows, hogs and chickens. When Darrell joined the farm business in 1970, it specialized in corn and soybeans. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Darrell also raised two children.
Malinda joined the farm in 2000 after serving agricultural writing positions in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines for 12 years. She grew up on a crop and livestock farm in Greene County.
Geisler Farms launched Growing Family Fun, an agritourism business, in 2005 because the farm is conveniently located four miles east of Ankeny and Interstate 35 and five miles north of Altoona and Interstate 80 in northeast Polk County. The farm hosts the public on the weekends during September and October for the corn maze, pumpkin patch and 20 family activities. Precut Christmas trees are sold from mid-November through mid-December. From April through August, the farm hosts weddings and receptions using the Red Shed.