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Growing a dream

Phantz Family
Marshall County Farm Bureau member Ryan Pfantz planted Christmas trees as a way to diversify his State Center farm. Victorian Pines will be open to customers during the weekends leading up to Christmas. PHOTO BY GARY FANDEL
Victorian Pines in State Center grows holiday cheer for Iowa families looking for a real Christmas tree.

Christmas trees are the answer to Ryan Pfantz’s dream.

“I’ve always been interested in niche agriculture, beyond the traditional corn and soybeans. I grew up on the farm, and I’m a child of the 1980s farm crisis where I saw a lot of farmers look for added revenue streams,” says Pfantz.

So after college, a city job and finding the love of his life, he headed home to State Center and the family farm — and the dream became reality.

He and his wife, Tara, with help from his ...



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