Tobin is a lifelong farmer from New Market in southwest Iowa. He traveled with family and other volunteers to the Central American country earlier this year.
“While planting by hand seems basic, this method of planting in a straight row with even spacing is improving yields for farmers over the traditional method of simply scattering seed. The eldest volunteer in the group, Kelly Tobin, is an 83-year-old farmer from southwest Iowa who reported that despite farming all his life, it was the first time he’d ever planted corn by hand.”
Read the full story and see photos of the trip: A field is a classroom.