Major Projects:

Seed Library


Giving Gardens


  • Partnership, Community, and a Whole Lot of Waste
    The last installment of Imagine Grinnell’s Waste Reduction Speaker Series concluded on July 22 with a presentation by Jennifer Jordan and Jane Wilch. Jennifer Jordan is the Resource Management Superintendent for the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center in Iowa City. Her colleague, Jane Wilch, is […]
  • Giving Gardens map
    Wondering where the Grinnell Giving Gardens are located?  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 […]
  • Jennifer Trent presents at Drake Community Library
    40% of all food produced in the United States ends up in landfills or is incinerated. This food waste produces methane gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide, costs the United States economy $165 billion per year and never reaches the 40 million people in the United States that […]
  • Do You Know What Happens to Your Food?
    Do you know what happens to your food? This was a guiding question at the composting workshop led by Andy Dunham on Monday, July 16. “Our goal is to improve food literacy,” Andy said. “That means knowing what happens to your food at every step of the way.” Composting is an important step in the […]
  • Grinnell Giving Gardens
    The Grinnell Giving Gardens crops are ready for harvest! Stop by the Ahrens Garden for cucumbers, Marvin Garden for strawberries, Davis Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Bailey Park Elementary and UnityPoint Health-GRMC Public Health for garlic, onions, radishes, peas, kale, broccoli, cucumbers, […]
  • Imagine Grinnell at the Farmers Market
    If you are a frequent visitor to the Grinnell Farmers Market, you might have noticed a table with a big white table cloth, a large red sign and a stream of curious environmentalists. That’s Imagine Grinnell! Imagine Grinnell at the Farmers Market started with a table about Grinnell Recycling. We […]
  • Grinnell Composts
    On Monday, July 8th, a panel of waste reduction experts and enthusiasts came together at Drake Community Library to discuss composting. The event kicked off Imagine Grinnell’s Community Waste Reduction Speaker Series and became the official start of a conversation on what Grinnell can do to […]
  • Imagine Grinnell is now hiring for their VISTA Project Coordinator
    Are you passionate about helping others, and looking for experience in the non-profit sector? Imagine Grinnell is searching for an individual to serve for one year (starting in June) as a coordinator for a new project designed to increase the effectiveness of local organizations in addressing […]
  • Anyone Can Cook Summer Squash!
    RECIPESummer Squash Tips Summer squash is harvested when immature. Their rind, seeds, and flesh are tender and edible raw or cooked. Common types include zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash. The squash can be steamed, grilled, stir-fried, stuffed, and used in baked goods. Ingredients Summer […]
  • Anyone Can Cook Eggplant!
    RECIPE Eggplant Tips Types of eggplant: Traditional – frying, grilling, roasting Japanese – sautéing, pickling, stuffing Some eggplant can be bitter, especially if not freshly harvested. Eliminate bitterness with “sweating”. Lightly salt eggplant slices and place them between absorbent […]