Dr. Norman BorlaugWinner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in developing wheat strains that resisted drought and disease, Dr. Borlaug has also been called "The Father of the Green Revolution." Borlaug spent a lifetime in selfless humanitarian service to countless millions in need of food security.Biographical Information
Norman Borlaug Heritage FoundationWe are a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the farm where Dr. Borlaug grew up. We are also dedicated to providing educational opportunities that promote the humanitarian work that epitomized Norm's life.More About the NBHF
"Raising the Barn!"The restoration of the 1915 Borlaug Birthplace Barn back to its original condition is amazing. To get this far in a year couldn't have been accomplished without your help! Please consider a gift to help us complete the task.View Story and Slideshow
Keeping the Dream AliveA primary goal of the NBHF is to keep Dr. Borlaug's selfless service to humanity alive through educating others about the importance of caring for those in need, preserving the land and feeding the hungry.NBHF Project & Programs
Few people in the history of the world have done as much to positively impact humanity around the world as Dr. Norman Borlaug. Born on a small farm south of Cresco, Iowa, Dr. Borlaug devoted his career to saving the lives of millions of starving people around the globe. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work. He is also one of only seven people to have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize.Biography Info
In His Own Words
"I realize how fortunate I was to have been born, to have grown to manhood, and to have received my early education in rural Iowa. That heritage provided me with a set of values that has been an invaluable guide to me in my work around the world... These values ... have been of great strength in times of despair in my struggle to assist in improving the standards of living of rural people everywhere."
We have two primary goal as a foundation. First, we are dedicated to preserving the farm where he grew up and learned the values of hard work and respect for the land and life. Second, we conduct a variety of educational outreach programs designed to pass along these important life lessons.
Please help us continue our work. Learn more about the restoration of the 1915 Birthplace Barn project below.
We are nearing our goal of raising enough funds to complete Phase I of the 1915 Borlaug Birthplace Barn rennovation. We are within $10,000 of the total needed to pay for all the work done to repair the superstructure of the barn, add new siding and windows, redo the roof and restore the cupola. The roof completion is scheduled for spring 2018. We intend to have a barn dedication for donors and the public the third weekend of September 2018.
We need your tax deductible gifts to help us complete Phase I. You can send your gift to the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation at PO Box 57, Cresco, IA 52136 or use the secure donation link below if you prefer to pay by credit card. Thanks to all of you who have helped us come this far in less than a year!
NBHF Update - Strategic Planning Process Completed
The year-long strategic planning process is now complete. At the end of 2016, a strategic planning committee consisting of several board members and headed by planning consultant Dr. Julie Huiskamp met monthly throughout 2017. Input was sought from a variety of focus groups with connections to the Foundation. These groups consisted of Current and Former Board Members, Community Organizations, Educational Community, Business and Tourism, Property Neighbors and the Borlaug Family. Based on input from these groups, the committee created a strategic plan for the future.
NBHF Update - Second Statue Donated by Wisconsin Sculptor
Dr. William Faller of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, discovered Norman Borlaug while doing some research on one-room schools. During the research process he discovered that Norm attended one (New Oregon #8 now located on the Boyhood Farm). He found that a boy educated in a humble one-room school was able to become one of the world's great agricultural scientists and humanitiarians. The more he learned about Norm, the more fascinated he became with him. Being a sculptor, as well as a pathologist, he thought he could create not one but two sculptures that represented Norm's path from humble farm boy to "The Man That Fed The World." He contacted the NBHF and offered to donate two sculptures. The first "Norm Feeding the Chickens" has been in place on the Boyhood Farm for several years. This past September Dr. Faller was present at the dedication of his second sculpture, "Norm Feeding the World" during the Fall Inspire Days.