At Eat Greater Des Moines, we are passionate about the opportunity to support local gardens at schools, communities, churches, or corporate giving gardens in a variety of ways. Our main goal is to work to keep these local gardens successful and sustainable. We believe that connecting with gardens in the community can help promote engagement with the broader food system.
We are happy to announce that the garden map on the ‘Find Food’ page of our website is now filled with the most up-to-date garden information for the 2021 growing season. Visitors can use this to learn more about where gardens are located in the area and what opportunities are available to get involved. Use the garden map to help you find what you need and get connected, including information about where community garden plots may be available near you. Eat Greater Des Moines has created this resource to help foster connections and amplify our work in ensuring access to healthy food for Central Iowans.
We want to give a huge thank you to Madeline McCabe for working with us on this project. Madeline is a junior at Grinnell College studying psychology and neuroscience. She connected with Eat Greater Des Moines through a Regional Food System Working Group (RFSWG) meeting in the fall. Madeline has been working hard to update our garden resources and strengthen the connections with gardens throughout Central Iowa.
“I think gardens are a great way to facilitate meaningful connections within a community. Because they reduce food miles and make healthy food more accessible, I also see them as a symbol of care. I think gardens are also an amazing way to teach kids about their role in sustainability, health, and community from an early age.” – Madeline McCabe
Upcoming Garden Events:
1. Registration for Iowa State Extension’s Master Gardener Program is now open through July 1st. The course begins this fall and will be offered entirely online. Seventeen self-paced modules will cover topics including houseplants, pollinators, vegetables, and perennial flowers.
2. Sprout: The Des Moines Urban Youth Learning Garden at Drake University will be holding a ribbon-cutting at the new garden location, Carpenter and 30th Street, on Wednesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m!
3. Preserve the Taste of Summer course, by Iowa State extension, will be held virtually on April 15th from 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Learn how to preserve your garden’s bounty this coming season.
We are hopeful for this coming garden season. Check out our updated garden map to learn more about how you can connect with gardens in the Central Iowa community and stay tuned for garden projects to come! If you manage or know of a garden in the area that is not included on our listing please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.