May 1st


       From a dream to reality...       


SouthStar Farms: Endangered Forest Herb Sanctuary and Nature Retreat and the home of The Maddest Hatter’s Tea Shack and Herbal Apoteke

Eleven miles west of Pella. Iowa, and a mile east of the sleepy town of New Sharon, Iowa, sits an 18-acre tract of some of the remains of the Midwest Oak Savanna. Darren and Wendy Welder purchased this strip of land with the older existing structures early in 2017. After months of renovating the buildings, improving the ground, and replanting Iowan native plants while restoring and reforesting this small piece of the oak savanna, they are now excited to solidify and start the initial part of the long-term goals.

The inception of SouthStar Farm has been designed to provide a relaxing and enjoyable nature-based atmosphere.

As part of a hobby farm, guests can choose to interact with the animals and are free to join in with the everyday routine of upkeep and chores. There will be a large garden that will help supply vegetables and herbs and a greenhouse to extend growing seasons and offer a greater variety of food choices. Herbs and teas will be sold at the Tea Shack, which will also provide products and other merchandise.

A bonfire pit and sitting area will provide evening relaxation for guests to mingle with staff and others staying. There are modern toilet facilities easily accessible.  There are five tent camp sites with fire rings.