I completely understand, and close enough for a location, gives a reference point for certain comments/ideas. As I recall you’d be north of the ‘black belt”, making gardening slightly more difficult than where I grew up. For reference, Mt Pleasant, Keota, and Kalona were all close.
I remember Green Acres, at least in reruns.
Trying to remember any instructors up that way, will check my notes, as I recall there was a really good couple of guys up that way, across the line though.
Enjoy that barn and garden time, perhaps drown a worm or two while its still fun not work.