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The Real Heartland of America

I was born and raised in what most Iowans call the “Heartland of America.” I grew up with grandparents who raised 14 children on their farm which eventually would become my uncle’s property. I remember my grandparents having a garden in their backyard. Anytime that my father, brothers, and I came over, they picked fresh tomatoes or apples from their backyard and gave them to us. I remember my grandma tending to her garden on the days that I spent with her when I was a little girl. It seems like once they were gone, so were those days. Over the centuries, one can see that Iowa has depleted its own biodiversity where the state has become unrecognizable when you compare a side-by-side map from

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