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Grinnell is surrounded by thousands of acres devoted to the important work of growing the nation’s corn and soybeans – but closer to home, Imagine Grinnell supports a broader array of initiatives including local gardening and native plantings. Our programs provide garden plots and guidance for those who may not have access to either. We also provide opportunities for community members to purchase rain barrels, native seeds, and other useful (and sometimes hard to find) supplies.

Community Garden

Grinnell Community Garden – James Miller Park The garden is located adjacent to Lake Nyanza on the south side of Grinnell near the Grinnell Middle School. Plots are available for a small annual fee. Community Garden members can attend any of the gardening course for free, but other in the community are welcome to participate in the …

Seed Sharing Library

Interested in growing more native plants? Located at Drake Community Library is the Seed Sharing Library, where various plant, vegetable, and flower seeds are available for anyone to take and give free of charge.  An updated form of the seed inventory is available below. If you are interested in participating in the Seed Sharing Library, please …