The Giving Gardens are a collaborative effort of local organizations that aim to improve the health of Poweshiek County residents by providing access to fresh, local produce. During the growing season, the Giving Gardens depend on volunteers to maintain the gardens and harvest food. The harvested produce is then delivered to locations where community members can receive it, such as, MICA, UPH-GRMC Public Health, the Senior Center, Brookside Housing, and the Station Clubhouse. Area farmers and gardeners are encouraged to donate excess produce to these locations.
- Everyone and anyone!
- Those with limited income
- Anyone wanting to try new produce
- Neighbors to the gardens
- Friends at Brookside Housing, the Senior Center, the Station Clubhouse, or MICA
Where can I get produce from the gardens?
- Pick your own vegetables directly from the gardens. Available produce is announced on Facebook pages for Imagine Grinnell, Hey, Grinnell did you know and the individual garden Facebook pages. See below.
- Produce is delivered to the MICA food pantry, located at 609 4th Ave., Grinnell. Produce is available to anyone when visiting MICA. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm.
- Occasionally produce is delivered to UPH-GRMC Public Health, the Senior Center, Brookside Housing, or The Station Clubhouse.
Who manages each garden?
Each garden has a different group who maintains the garden by planning, planting, weeding, and harvesting.
- Ahrens Park Garden– 1510 Penrose
- Maintained by the Claude and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, contact Chad Nath 236-5518 with inquiries.
- Look for Facebook post shares on Cluade W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation/Ahrens Park Foundation
- Bailey Park Elementary Garden– 210 8th Ave.
- Maintained by students, staff, and volunteers. For questions, contact Josh Smith, school principal 236-2770.
- Currently sharing on Bailey Park Elementary School facebook page and emails to parents.
- Davis Elementary School- 818 Hamilton
- Maintained by students, staff, and volunteers. For questions, contact Brian Conway, school principal 236-2786.
- Look for for Facebook shares on Davis Elementary or emails to parents.
- Fairview Elementary Garden– 1310 Hobart St.
- Maintained by students, staff, and volunteers. For questions, contact Sarah Seney, school principal 236-2780.
- Currently sharing on Fairview Elementary- Grinnell Newburg School District Facebook page.
- Grinnell Community Early Learning Center Garden– 1436 Penrose
- Maintained by volunteers at the Grinnell Community Early Learning Center. For questions contact Valerie Steinbach 236-7214.
- Currently sharing information through newsletters.
- Marvin Garden– Marvin Ave. West of Los Girasoles
- St. John’s Lutheran Church Garden– 1224 East St.
- Maintained by volunteers from St. John’s Lutheran Church. Please contact Lamoyne Gaard at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 236-4946.
- Garden information is shared on Facebook at Hey, Grinnell did you know
- Summer Street Garden– 736 Summer St.
- UPH-GRMC Garden– 306 4th Ave.
- Maintained by volunteers of the hospital. For questions, contact Holly Petlon, 236-2999.
- Sharing garden information on the UPH-GRMC facebook page and the HUB (internal communication).
They might be just down the street or around the corner. Check out the map and stop by one today! The gardens offer free, fresh, local produce, such as, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes and much more. Tell your friends and neighbors and head out to one of these locations:
Bailey Park Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Davis Elementary, UPH-GRMC Public Health, Marvin Garden, Ahrens Garden, Grinnell Early Learning Center, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Summer Street Park and in Brooklyn near the city park.
The gardens began with the Grinnell Regional Medical Center garden in 2013. The Grinnell Giving Gardens were created to provide healthy food options that were not previously accessible to Poweshiek County residents.
The first steps in creating the Giving Gardens was made possible by the Community Transformation Grant, which supported the purchase of gardening tools and supplies and a refrigerator for the produce, as well as community donations of seeds for the gardens.
Today, with the assistance of grants and donations from the local community, the Giving Gardens sustainably produce fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs that community members can access at no cost. The gardens encourage local residents to improve their health by choosing healthier options.
Giving history to MICA and other community sites:
|MICA||563 lbs||523 lbs||448 lbs||552 lbs|
|OTHER Sites||312 lbs||1039 lbs||539 lbs|