The Farming Institute is located in Solon, Iowa. Solon is located in Eastern Iowa between the college town of Mt. Vernon and the University town of Iowa City. The summer training program takes place between two farms. Wild Woods Farm, located just south of Solon and ZJ Farms just north of Solon. Wild Woods Farm is owned and operated by Kate Edwards. ZJ Farms is owned and operated by Susan Jutz, one of the first organic vegetable farmers in the State to operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Wild Woods Farm is located on Dick Schwab's property. Dick, Susan and Kate are the program instructors. Dick is a long time entrepreneur, former software company executive and a Minnesota farm boy.