Cedar Valley Grows!


• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •  Creating a sustainable network of shared community & school gardens in the Cedar Valley.
 

CEDAR VALLEY GROWS

• How to Start a Garden

• Locations

• Garden Resources

• Education

• Volunteer & Donate

• News/Events

• Photo Gallery

• Contact:

Justin Roy Edwards
Cedar Valley Grows Coordinator
(319) 234-6811
cedarvalleygarden@gmail.com
 
 
 
 

Sponsors:
 

 

 

 

 

 

UNI Panther Plot Harvest Video
 

 

"Gardening was a bonding experience for my Rotary group! They loved it, and the community garden plots that we used were a great skill builder. They want to do it again!"
 
- Luann

 
 
 

 

Welcome!

 
-- If you’ve ever dreamed of creating a community garden in your neighborhood, with your neighbors, religious or civic organization the spring of 2015 is your chance to make your dreams come true.
            Neighborhood groups, religious communities, service organizations and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for a garden either on their own property or in a city public park. Winning applicants will be given a three-year lease or sign an agreement with Waterloo or Cedar Falls to have land of their choice tilled annually. Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach office will offer classes and support for the garden managers to get the gardens off on the right foot.  
            The application can be downloaded below.
            To learn more about the application process, informational meetings are scheduled on Thursday, February 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Rec Center, 110 E 13th St, Cedar Falls; or on Friday, February 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Waterloo SportsPlex, 300 Jefferson St., Waterloo.  The information presented at both meetings will be the same and will cover the applications for both cities.
            Final applications are due March 13 at the Leisure Services offices:
            Cedar Falls:                                                          Waterloo:
            Cedar Falls Rec Center                                     Leisure Services Office
            110 E 13th St                                                       1101 Campbell Ave
            Cedar Falls, IA 50613                                      Waterloo, IA 50701
            Four community gardens will be awarded, two in each community in 2015. Currently, there are sixteen existing community gardens in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Cedar Valley Grows believes there is demand for more of these gardens dispersed throughout our community.
            Cedar Valley Grows, an umbrella organization formed to further develop community gardens in the Cedar Valley, is partnering with Leisure Services of Cedar Falls and Waterloo to create more community gardens in the Cedar Valley.
            Cedar Valley Grows started as a series of meetings held late winter of 2013 that Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Center for Energy and Environmental Education facilitated.  The goal of these meetings was to identify successful community gardens and the barriers that prevent more community gardens from developing. This joint project between the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls to create more community gardens in partnership with other community organizations is the fruit of those meetings. In 2014, four gardens were awarded. 
            Cedar Valley Grows is a collaboration between the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, University of Northern Iowa, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, the Blue Zones Project, and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.
Click on application agreement needed below:

• Private Property

This is the general application for those wanting to start or continuing gardens on privately owned property.
 

Public Property

This is the general application for those want to start a garden on public parks or grounds. This application requires a lease, which is to also be signed and submitted with the application. There is a lease for Waterloo or Cedar Falls (below).
 

Waterloo Lease

This lease is for public park or grounds in the City of Waterloo.
 

Cedar Falls Lease

This lease is for public park or grounds in the City of Cedar Falls.

 

We are a collaboration of community partners that seeks to develop and maintain a network of community gardens in the Cedar Valley. Cedar Valley Grows provides a complete list of community gardens as a resource here, but only those specified are directly supported and sponsored by Cedar Valley Grows. Please join us! Contact Justin Roy Edwards, the Cedar Valley Grows coordinator (cedarvalleygarden@gmail.com or 319-234-6811). 

Corye Johnson, Kamyar Enshayan, and Regan Jamieson at the new Food Bank Garden.

News:

Cedar Falls Seed Library Harvest Party (November 8, 2014)

Celebrate the Cedar Falls Seed Library’s first harvest season! Please clearly label the seeds you collected to donate. Include type of seed (ex: Tomato, Corn, Pepper, etc.), variety (Kellogg’s Breakfast, Black Aztec, Jalapeno, etc.), year, and distinguish annual or perennial for flowers. Donated seeds will replenish the seed library’s stock to be shared with the seed saving community.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 8; 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
Location: Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room
 
Benefits of Community Gardens:

(American Community Garden Association)

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
     

  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates social interaction
  • Encourages self-reliance
  • Beautifies neighborhoods
  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces crime
  • Preserves green space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
 
 
More about Cedar Valley Grows:
 
Cedar Valley Grows, an umbrella organization formed to further develop community gardens in the Cedar Valley, partners with Leisure Services of Cedar Falls and Waterloo to create more community gardens in the Cedar Valley.
 
Cedar Valley Grows started as a series of meetings held late winter of 2013 which Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Center for Energy and Environmental Education facilitated. The goal of these meetings was to identify successful community gardens and the barriers that prevent more communities gardens from developing. This joint project between the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls to create more community gardens in partnership with other community organizations is the fruit of those meetings.
 
In the spring of 2014, Cedar Valley Grows awarded three-year agreements to four gardens: 
 
Meadowview Estates II
5317 Meadowlark Lane, Cedar Falls
Contact: Lynn Lovell (319-277-8687)
 
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
1605 Lafayette St, Waterloo
Contact: Kamyar Enshayan (319-273-7575)
 
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church - Garden of Eatin’
420 Harwood Ave, Waterloo
Contact: Debbie Crawford (319-277-7514)
 
Quakerdale of Waterloo
140 South Barclay St, Waterloo
Contact: Patti Downs (319-230-4856)
 
 
Cedar Valley Grows is a collaboration between Waterloo and Cedar Falls, UNI, CEEE, ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, The Blue Zones Project, and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.

 

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