The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced 22 recipients of its Growing Together mini-grant program. This is the fourth year mini-grant funds have been available, with more than $50,000 in grant money from the SNAP-Education program being distributed across the state.
The projects are focused on increasing food security and promoting healthy food access throughout Iowa.
This is the second year that Des Moines County Master Gardeners were awarded a Growing Together Mini-Grant, and these funds will go build the infrastructure of their donation garden, located at Homestead 1839 in West Burlington. The $4000 grant will be used to build raised beds, plant a small mixed fruit orchard, and to provide educational events for the public. The focus of the garden this year will be to increase community volunteer partnerships, to grow and maintain donation garden at Homestead 1839, as well as support gleaning of leftover produce at the local Farmers Market.