The mission of Eat Greater Des Moines is to provide access to healthy food for all Iowans with a central Iowa focus. Eat Greater Des Moines acts on gaps within sectors toward a sustainable food system resulting in healthy food being accessible and convenient, and human food production economically viable.
Does your organization have a food-related event that you would like to see on Eat Greater Des Moines? Please complete our event request form to submit it. We look forward to sharing your relevant events, and ask that your organization share Eat Greater Des Moines with its constituents.
What's a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are an increasingly popular way for consumers to join together to gain access to fresh, local foods from a nearby farm. By becoming subscribers to a farm's CSA program, a family can pick up a box of seasonal foods from that farm each week, often at one of several convenient pick-up sites. At the same time, the farm receives a reliable source of funds from its subscribers and can focus on farming instead of sales. Search for a CSA program with pick-up sites near you, and find out whether it has openings for new subscribers.
Do you have a farm, CSA program, or farm stand in central Iowa? If so, please check whether it is already included in the appropriate map and directory on our website. We invite you to add or update the profile for your farm, CSA, or farm stand.
The Food Rescue Crew of Central Iowa Shelter & Services conducts food rescue in the greater Des Moines area.
Information for administrators of the food rescue program is available here. (Log in required.)
Several agencies in the greater Des Moines area serve free meals to people in need. Our map and directory of free meal sites can help you to find more information.
In addition, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) partners with 14 food pantry sites that provide food for people who request it.
The DMARC SNAP Outreach Project is also available at a growing number of locations in the Des Moines area to help people determine their eligibility for and apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to purchase healthy food.
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Community Garden Planning Worksheet
Discuss these questions and work together to generate ideas and polices for your community garden. Add more questions as necessary and delete when appropriate.
Garden name _______________________________________________________________________________
Garden Opening Date __________________________ Closing Date___________________________
How many plots? ________________________________
How many people? ______________________________
Will there be plot fees? _________________________
If so, how much? _________________________________
What do plot fees include? (water, tilling, tools, etc.) ______________________________________
What is the process for plot selection? ______________________________________________________
What about for last year’s gardeners? _______________________________________________________
What are specific plot care requirements (weed control, etc.) _____________________________
What if the plot is not planted or maintained? _____________________________________________
Will a warning be given? _________ By whom? ______________ After how long? _____________
What should gardeners have accomplished by the closing date? __________________________
Will a portion of the fee be refunded if gardener leaves plot in good condition? _________
What are the garden’s policies on:
Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers?
(Strongly recommend only organic pest controls and fertilizers, and no herbicide use)
If a garden OK’s chemical use, what are application rules? (for example on windy days?)
Compost Bin and its maintenance: _______________________________________________
Overripe/diseased vegetables ____________________________________________________
Tall or vining plants? _______________________________________________________________
What are the garden’s policies on:
Locking of gate ______________________________________________________________________
Are gardeners responsible for a common garden task? __________________________
Are gardeners responsible for weeding the paths around their plots? __________
Are non-gardeners and children permitted in the garden? _______________________
What about pets? ____________________________________________________________________
Who should be notified if there is a problem in the garden? ___________________________________________
What should a gardener do in case of an extended absence? __________________________________________
Will there be a treasurer? ___________________ A bank account? ________________________
Who will cut the grass on the borders and boulevards? _______________________________
Will the garden have a bulletin board or information kiosk? __________________________
Do gardeners want to order seeds or plants as a group? ______________________________
Will the garden:
Set aside a plot for a food shelf? ____ Who will tend it? ___________________________________________________
Include plots accessible by wheelchair?____________________________________________________________
Have a picnic table, bench, trellis or sandbox? ____________________________________________________
Set aside space for perennial plants (raspberries, strawberries) or fruit trees? _________________
Have a flower border? _________________ Who will tend it? _________________________________________
What about a spring work day? _____________________________________________________________________
Must gardeners attend group work day? ___________ When? _________________________________________________
What about a regular gardening time? ______________________________________________________________
What about a harvest potluck? _______________________________________________________________________