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    The NBHF has produced a 50th Anniversary Video to Commemorate Norm's Nobel Peace Prize. View it below in the Biography section. Go to Video
  • Education Resources
    Norm believed in the value of education. That's why NBHF Summer Intern Ellie developed new resources for our Education Page. Learn More
  • 2020 Newsletter
    The 2020 NBHF Newsletter updates the reader on projects accomplished during the past year. Get the Newsletter download link below. Go to Newsletter
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Dr. Borlaug

Dr. Norman BorlaugFew 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.

50th Anniversary Norm's Nobel Prize

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. We plan on celebrating at the farm so stay tuned for more news on a Special Fall Event!
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."

NBHF Goals

1., Preservation of the Birthplace and Boyhood Farms where he grew up and learned the values of hard work and respect for the land and life.
2, Conduct a variety of educational outreach programs designed to pass along these important life lessons.                   
2020 Goals
1. The NBHF has a goal of building shelters with restrooms and improved parking at the Boyhood and Birthplace Farms.
2. The NBHF is working on educational signage for the interiors of buildings on both farms.
3. Continued work on the Birthplace and other buildings. This includes the completion of stream and soil conservation projects.

Projects Completed 2020

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Our summer intern, Ellie Foelske, completed several major digital projects over the summer. Ellie created downloadable curriculum for grades K-8 that can be found on our Education page.

Ellie also created a virtual reality tour of the farms that can be viewed at Virtual Farm Tour. This virtual farm tour includes 360 views of the Boyhood Farm, Birthplace Farm, inside the Boyhood Home, and inside the New Oregon School #8. The virtual farm tour also includes many guided videos Ellie produced with Property Manager Tom Spindler.

The final major project Ellie completed covers where Dr. Borlaug worked around the world. It allows us to "Follow Norman's Path and Travel the World" virtually learning more about what Norm did in each place he lived and worked. View World Map.

Ellie also created digital material for the foundation to use when talking to groups around the state and wherever we may travel to talk about Dr. Borlaug.

Ellie did a fantastic job for the foundation during a time where everything was new. She had to do most of her work remotely to keep her safe so she came up with multiple digital projects for the board's approval. We are grateful to her for her excellent work and for the quality and variety of projects she created this summer.

In this time of Covid 19, these are all great resources for schools and other interested in Dr. Borlaug's work to learn more from the comfort of your devices.

Overview Spring & Summer Projects

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation has completed several major projects so far this year. Just like past projects, we needed your help to make it happen, and you generously did!

Shelter and Restrooms

We were unable to obtain a grant to help us build two shelters. However, because of your generous donations, we were able to finance one. This shelter at the Boyhood Farm will not only serve as a place for visitors to get out of the elements, but it will also serve as a learning station during Inspire Days or other events during inclement weather.

Bridge Replacement & Conservation

In 2019 we lost our bridge connecting the Boyhood property to the hiking/nature trail. We realized that before replacing it, we needed to do stream bank restoration and waterway improvent. With the help of NRCS, the stream bank was conserved and a new stream overpass with two large culverts was put in place.

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2020 NBHF Project Images

Taking A Look Back on 2020

The video above gives an excellent overview of the many projects that the NBHF completed during 2020. It provides a fresh look at this year's projects such as the new shelter and ongoing maintenance. Our goal is to provide kids with a place to learn, visitors with a chance to see the humble beginings that were more than enough to provide the values and work ethic that would lead to Norm becoming the great humanitarian he was, and a beautiful retreat for visitors to get in touch with their spiritual side.

We need your tax deductible gifts to help us continue our work. 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!

NBHF 2019 Annual Report

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Early in 2019 the NBHF established goals to be completed during the year.  Those goals were all within the Mission of the NBHF to Educate and to Preserve. Those goals included the following:

  • Replace Birthplace Home roof
  • Host a Donor Recognition
  • Start an annual high school Inspire Day
  • Exhibit at the World Food Prize
  • Maintain the buildings & begin conservation projects

We are pleased to report that the NBHF has achieved all of the goals and continues to make progress on our strategic long term goals that were established in 2017 with the assistance of Julie Huiskamp, Ph.D. To learn more about the specifics of the report, use the link below to download it.

Download the 2019 Annual Report.

NBHF Strategic Plan

strategic plan iconThe 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.

You can download and read this plan here.

NBHF Educational Outreach Programs