Master Gardener Donation Garden - West Burlington
In 2018 Des Moines County Master Gardeners collaborated with Homestead 1839 to grow, glean and distribute 3031 pounds of locally grown produce to Community Action, Section 8 housing facilities and shut-ins in the community. 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 90,000 pounds of fresh produce to 101 food pantries and meal sites statewide in 2018.
For the 2019 season Des Moines County Master Gardeners and their partners will continue to grow, glean and distribute locally-grown produce, but they also plan to align the project activities more closely with the Iowa Master Gardener Mission Statement - to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects. We are therefore adding a more active education component. Workshops will take place at the garden site from April to July and will include: building and preparing raised beds, planting fruit trees, weed control, food safety, and proper harvest of vegetables.
The garden is located at Homestead 1839, 703 W. Agency, West Burlington, IA. Scheduled work days will take place on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
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, 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 Des Moines County Master Gardeners Carol Bartles or Vince & Betty Copeland.
Fellowship Cup Community Garden - Mt. Pleasant
This Mt Pleasant Community Garden is located at 211 S Jackson Street – across from Sarah’s Bridal. Plots are 4ft x 8ft raised beds 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.
Wayland Community Garden
The Wayland Community Garden, located just east of WACO School at the corner of North Kennedy St. and east Marshall St., is a great place to learn gardening skills from veteran gardeners and to have access to locally-grown fresh vegetables. Much of the garden produce is donated to folks who have less access to fresh produce.
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.
This garden is currently seeking individuals to volunteer in the garden and help with planting, weeding and harvesting. If interested and for more information, please call – Tammy at 319-372-8043 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Share the Harvest
Eat Fresh SE 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