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Event Name:
The Land in Transition: Hills and Valleys

Event Type(s):
Community Events

May 22, 1:30pm
Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids

Join the Des Moines Metro Opera and Whiterock Conservancy for an afternoon at the intersection of art & culture and agricultural land transfer. As part of a series of events celebrating the world premiere Opera based on Jane Smiley’s Pulitzer Prizewinning novel A Thousand Acres, we will explore the passing of land through family and the ties that bind us.

The setting: Whiterock Conservancy is a 5,500-acre non-profit land trust located near Coon Rapids, Iowa, along seven miles of the Middle Raccoon River valley. Whiterock balances sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection, and public recreation on the landscape, which includes the historic Garst Farm. The farm is the cradle of hybrid seed corn and the symbol of a family legacy of innovation and stewardship. The program will be held in an outbuilding on the farmhouse grounds.


Event Date:

Event Time:
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Whiterock Conservancy Historic Garst Farmstead
1390 Hwy 141
Coon Rapids, IA 50058

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Contact Person:
Blake Carlson
(phone: (515) 961-6221)

The program

Guests are encouraged to experience the Whiterock Conservancy landscape before or after the program.

1:30 p.m. Welcome: Niki Reynolds, Whiterock Conservancy & Michael Egel, Des Moines Metro Opera

1: 45 p.m. Performance of “River House on the Prairie” by French Hornist Annie Chapman Brewer
This original composition was created through an AgArts Residency at Whiterock Conservancy

2 p.m. Performance of “Map of My Kingdom” a one-woman play created by Mary Swander
Intermission & Refreshments

3:30 p.m. Q&A with Beth Hoffman, author of “Bet the Farm,” a memoir published in 2021 that chronicles the transfer of Iowa farmland within a family, and sustainable agriculture lessons from a beginning farmer

4:15 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera performance of an aria from A Thousand Acres

Register: The program is free to attend, but space is limited. We ask that guests RSVP using the registration link.

Find more on the Acres Unearthed series and Des Moines Metro Opera 50th Anniversary celebration here.

Questions? Contact Blake Carlson, Communications and Donor Engagement Manager at (515) 961-6221 or

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