I.G. Sets Priorities for 2018

This year, will you join Imagine Grinnell in making our community a better place for everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, political perspective or religious belief?

In 2017 Imagine Grinnell:

  • Founded Marvin Gardens, a private park on Marvin Ave. near Arbor Lake where anyone can come and pick their own fresh, organic food. Marvin Garden includes an apple orchard, nut trees and a vegetable garden.
  • Raised over $97,000 for the new Grinnell skatepark.
  • Helped coordinate a spring “Green Living” Event at Summer Street Park with environmental demonstrations and a clean-up of Little Bear Creek. Other free educational events throughout the year included gardening and fruit tree pruning.  
  • Helped manage and maintain the Grinnell “Giving Gardens.” These volunteer-run gardens donated hundreds of pounds of fresh healthy vegetables to the MICA food pantry in order to help those in need get access to nutritious local produce.

In 2018 Imagine Grinnell will:

  • Complete fundraising for the skatepark. We looking forward to breaking ground this summer!
  • Continue our Marvin Garden programming and events, including gardening workshops, garden walks and bike rides, growing food for those in need and an expanded fall cider-pressing party.
  • Work with the City of Grinnell to educate residents on how to reduce solid waste and improve recycling practices to save money and the environment.
  • Explore projects that will make Grinnell a more walkable/bikeable community.
  • Expand our partnership with the Ahrens Foundation and bring edible landscaping, Giving Gardens and native prairie features to Ahrens Park.
  • Work with local farmers and chefs to bring healthy, local-sourced options to the community meals at Davis School.

Contact us at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net to learn more about participating in Imagine Grinnell activities!




A Reminder on 6 Great Reasons Grinnell Needs a Skatepark

As we near our fundraising goal for the revamping of the skatepark, refresh yourself on these 6 great reasons Grinnell needs a skatepark:

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Put Your Garden to Bed: Tips

Over the past few weeks, since the “Put Your Garden to Bed” workshop was cancelled at the end of October, Imagine Grinnell has been posting tips to Facebook to get your garden ready for winter on your own. With the weather to continuing to hold out, it may be worth your while to clean up your garden this Thanksgiving weekend before the snow hits.  Continue reading

Workshop: Put Your Garden to Bed

Fall is finally here, and it’s time to put your garden to bed. Join Imagine Grinnell, Backyard Abundance, and the Poweshiek County Master Gardeners of Iowa this Saturday, October 28th at 9:30 AM for a workshop to prepare your garden for the coming winter.  Continue reading

Giving Garden Work Nights: Every Tuesday from 4-7PM

Happy Monday, friends of Imagine Grinnell! Every Tuesday evening from 4-7PM this summer is “Giving Garden Night.” If you have an hour or two to contribute to helping plant, weed and pick, we would love to have you join us.

This week we will be building raised beds and planting fruit trees at “Marvin Garden”, our brand new garden location on Marvin Ave. just west of Los Girasoles and Andy’s Auto. Drop by and check it out!
Want to get email updates on I.G. Garden projects? Drop us a line at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.

Eco-Tech: DIY Solutions for Impaired Waterways Workshops

Imagine Grinnell is partnering with Drake Community Library, Poweshiek Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Grinnell College, and the Captain Planet Foundation to host a series of all-ages environmental programs. The Eco-Tech workshops will focus on water quality monitoring as a platform for learning about how technology can be used to improve our environment.

Participants will not only learn about Iowa’s impaired waterways, but they will learn how to monitor and improve water quality using a range of high-tech and low-tech DIY techniques. The programs will be basic enough for younger participants, but they are designed to be fun and challenging for anyone who is new to environmental science.

 

The workshops would be held in 4 parts from 9 am to 1 pm with a lunch break in-between. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, October 29th – Water quality monitoring presentation and hands-on workshop led by Mindy Sieck from the Poweshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District

Saturday, November 5th – Bioreactor demonstration and hands-on bioreactor creation workshop led by Elizabeth Queathem and Chris Bair from Grinnell College

Saturday, November 12th – Electronics introductory course led by Craig Shore

Saturday, November 19th – Hands-on electronics and computer coding led by Craig Shore

If interested in either participating or volunteering in any of these workshops, please email imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net

 

Additional Details:

There will be one workshop presentation on water quality monitoring teaching students how to perform water quality tests with disposable strips as well as reusable monitors. The next workshop will consist of demonstrating a bioreactor model and having students each work on their own bottle bioreactor, which will consist of wood chips, geofabric, and dirt. The final two workshops will involve designing and creating several different prototype low-cost monitors with students. Prototypes of each device will be made and tested beforehand before working with students. Depending on interest, an optional trip can be made testing sites with middle and high school students to test the accuracy of these homemade devices compared to traditional disposable nitrate/nitrite strip test from the HACH company as well as two purchased instruments from Hanna Instruments.

 

This workshop is made possible by the Captain Planet Foundation, a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 23 countries internationally. More than 1.2 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects. For more information, please visit www.captainplanetfoundation.org.

 

Additional support provided by Drake Community Library, Grinnell College, and Imagine Grinnell.

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The Grinnell Skate & BMX Project

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Fundraising Is Underway to Revamp/Re-ramp Bailey Park Skatepark!!!
Imagine Grinnell will lead fundraising efforts to revamp and re-ramp the skatepark located in Bailey Park at 8th Ave. and Prince St.
Grinnell Parks and Recreation board member Shawn Walters explains the importance of continuing to offer a skatepark venue for area youth. “Many of the kids who participate in skateboarding or BMX biking aren’t involved in organized, team sports, so they need a central, safe area to focus on their sport,” Walters said. “Right now these kids have to travel to other towns if they want to compete. The new skatepark could be a good draw for Grinnell to hold competitions here.”
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Abundant Landscape Workshop, Oct. 1 & 8

This workshop is Part 1 of the Create an Abundant Landscape Workshop with Backyard Abundance (Part 2 will be on October 8th at the same time)! Learn to integrate fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs, and other edible perennials into your landscape, and how to design and establish a beautiful, edible landscape that benefits you and our local environment. Continue reading

Celebrate Solar Event

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 PM at the Ahrens Park Foundation building to celebrate solar!

Location: Imagine Grinnell Foundation, 1510 Penrose St, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Event Details:

Ideal Energy installed 13 new solar arrays in Grinnell over the last year, and they are donating a portion of the proceeds from those projects to Imagine Grinnell! On June 1st at 7:00 PM, Ideal and I.G. would like to show out appreciation for the customers who participated in the program and talk about how using solar can benefit our community and our environment.

If you participated in the program, if you are thinking about installing solar, or if you would just like to learn more, please join us for refreshments, a short presentation and lot’s of discussion about solar energy! Plus, hear about Ideal’s new initiative that will help local businesses go solar AND support Imagine Grinnell’s sustainability efforts.

MAY15: Help build the new Summer Street Giving Garden!

Come and join us for a Sunday afternoon garden-building get together at Summer St. Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) in Grinnell. All ages and skill levels welcome!
What is a “Giving Garden?” It’s a garden planted and maintained by volunteers to provide free, healthy food to anyone who needs it. That might be a family with a limited income, or a passer-by in need of a quick snack! Most of the food is distributed by the MICA food pantry.
Last summer, Imagine Grinnell volunteers and friends started work on a natural playscale and neighborhood giving garden at Summer Street Park in Grinnell. There is a lot of work left to do! Come join us for good food, meet new friends and help feed your neighbors! Rain Date: Sun. May 22nd.

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