Promoting sustainable stewardship of the land


Welcome to the Blue Gate Farm website! 

Blue Gate Farm is the small, family operation of Jill Beebout & Sean Skeehan.  We are Certified Naturally Grown, producing chemical-free fruits & vegetables, free-range eggs, raw honey, alfalfa hay, alpaca fiber and hand spun yarn.  We run a
limited membership CSA and are regular vendors at the 
Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market.

uring the majority of the growing season we publish a
weekly Newsletter for our CSA members - the entire archive can be found on the Newsletters page.
Visit us on Facebook or at Jill's ETSY shop.

Farm Crawl 2016

was held Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 with over 1,600 visitors at BGF!  This was the 10th year of joint open houses at each of the participating independent family farms in south-central Iowa.
Visit for more details about
past and future Farm Crawls.

We adopted a mated pair of alpaca in the fall of 2013. 
They are beautiful creatures we keep for their fleece
which Jill makes into yarn.  A cria (baby alpaca) was
born on the farm August 14, 2015.
Some pictures are posted in the Photo Gallery.

Have a look around the site and come back often as new features, refinements and content are added.  Please contact us with questions or comments.  Thanks for visiting!

Jill & Sean


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Our Vision

To create an economically and ecologically self-sustaining homestead that provides an ongoing connection to the Beebout land for our family, our guests and ourselves.  Fundamental to this vision are naturally based production methods including: composting; rotational planting & grazing methods; integrated pest management; rainwater collection; prairie restoration; responsible timber & wetland management; limited dependence on petroleum products and public utilities; and no synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

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Our Mission

Blue Gate Farm provides Certified Naturally Grown specialty fruits & vegetables, raw honey, free-range eggs and alfalfa hay, all sustainably raised on our small family farm for the benefit and enjoyment of our CSA members and Farmers Market customers. 

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Our hayfield at an August sunrise

Jill and Sean at market

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Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions or comments about this website, our products, our farm philosophy, or any other matter.   E-mail is the best but you may call or write.
FYI:  in order to get home delivery of mail, the USPS dictates that our address is in Chariton (Lucas County).  In actuality we are 14 miles north of Chariton in Marion County and very close to the town of Columbia.

Postal address
749 Wyoming Street
Chariton, IA  50049
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