Looking forward to springtime: 2021 garden updates!

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With springtime in mind, gardens all over the Des Moines area are planning for their 2021 garden season. Over here at Eat Greater Des Moines, we are dedicated to doing our part in sharing all of the great work that these gardens do. We are excited to share a few garden related announcements with you all! 


2021 United Way Community Garden Mini Grants: 

We are excited to announce that the United Way of Central Iowa Community Garden Mini Grant applications are now open! This mini grant opportunity is provided by United Way of Central Iowa in partnership with Eat Greater Des Moines. United Way of Central Iowa established a goal to improve the health of our community. One of the strategies for accomplishing this is to increase the availability of and access to healthy foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. The mission of Eat Greater Des Moines is to identify, develop, and connect resources with the broader community to support the entire food lifecycle in central Iowa. United Way of Central Iowa is serving as the administrator and funder of the grant process with expert guidance and support from Eat Greater Des Moines and Sweet Tooth Farm.

Learn more about eligibility, guidelines, and application instructions here.

Questions? Contact Jessica Nelsen, Community Impact Coordinator


Seed starts from Faith & Grace Garden:

In addition to the mini grants we are excited to share a message from Mark Marshall of Faith and Grace Garden – 

“I’m sending you all some information for free plant sets for this year’s garden season. Last year was our first year with the greenhouse and thus was somewhat of a learning experience so I’m fine tuning it a bit so that I will be able to supply bigger plant sets to you all and make better use of the greenhouse space. I will be starting cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, lettuce and spinach first and ask you to pick them up in late March/early April (these are all more cold hardy for earlier planting). Then around the second week of May I will have you come back and pickup tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, melons and squash. I will be starting several thousand sets so supply shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you want a large number of something or a specific variety please let me ASAP so I can plan accordingly. I will be starting about 10 varieties of tomatoes, 25 peppers (hot & sweet) and at least 3-4 of everything else. I will send out a more detailed list once I have germination and healthy looking starts but again it is important to me know soon if you have a special request. Also, I need to know how many sweet potato plants you want if any because I will be placing the order very soon.”

If you are interested in starts, connect with Mark Marshall directly at wdmmarshall@msn.com.

We are hopeful for this coming garden season. Stay tuned for more garden related announcements to learn more about how you can connect with gardens in the Central Iowa community! If you manage or know of a garden in the area that is not included on our listing please reach out to intern@eatgreaterdesmoines.org. 

Emma Gellerstedt

Emma Gellerstedt

Eat Greater Des Moines Intern