Master Gardener Donation Garden - West Burlington
In 2018 Des Moines County Master Gardeners collaborated with Homestead 1839 to start a donation garden. Since 2018, garden volunteers have grown, gleaned and distributed 8295 pounds of locally grown produce to the food insecure population in Des Moines County. This project was part of a state-wide initiative of the Iowa Master Gardeners called Growing Together, a project that supported the donation of over 80,000 pounds of fresh produce in 30 counties in 2020.
All of the harvested produce from this garden is donated to Community Action Neighborhood Center in Burlington.
The garden is located at Homestead 1839, 701 W. Agency, West Burlington, IA. If you would like to get involved with this project, contact Morgan - Local Foods Coordinator, Iowa State Extension & Outreach - Des Moines County.
South Hill Community Garden - Burlington
This is another garden site that is managed by a handful of Des Moines County Master Gardeners and is partially funded with Growing Together Grant funds. The garden is located within the South Hill neighborhood in Burlington on the corner of 7th and Angular Street. Volunteers are invited to help in the garden on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM during the growing season.
Community members are invited to enjoy produce from the garden if they stop and pull a few weeds while they are there. For more information about activities at this garden site, contact the South Hill Neighborhood Association through their Facebook page.
Fellowship Cup Community Garden - Mt. Pleasant
This Mt Pleasant Community Garden is located at 211 S Jackson Street. Plots are 4ft x 8ft raised beds (some are even handicap-accessible) and they are open to anyone at no charge, but you must register with the Fellowship Cup for a plot. You can find the garden application here, and a copy of the garden guidelines here.
You can reserve your plot by calling The Fellowship Cup, (319) 385-3242.
Winfield Community Garden
This Community Garden is located across the street from the Winfield School on Olive Street. There are 10 raised beds and the garden is open to anyone from the community. Contact Amanda Brown, the Ag/FFA teacher at Winfield School for more information.
RSVP/United Way Food Pantry Garden
This garden is an incredible 200’x75′ plot behind the Hy-Vee store in Fort Madison (2606 Avenue L).
The produce from the garden is tended to and harvested by volunteers with the United Way RSVP program and donated to the local food pantry.
Share the Harvest
Eat Fresh Southeast Iowa is devoted to promoting better access to fresh, nutritious local foods to everyone in our community. Food pantries play a critical role in Iowa’s food system. One in eight people in Iowa struggle with hunger and utilize the services that food pantries provide.
Community gardens, school gardens, and home gardens can provide safe and delicious fresh food to food pantries. Gardeners can support their community’s use of local food by donating some of their harvest to area food pantries or by helping our at an area community garden.
Anyone can contribute their excess garden produce to food pantries. Donations help to prevent food waste while providing fresh, nutritious food to families experiencing food insecurity.
- Here's some resources to help you find a southeast Iowa food pantry near you
- And if you'd like more information about what to donate and how to prepare produce for donation, check out these publication from Iowa State Extension & Outreach