The North Liberty Community Pantry has an incredible 9,600-square-foot garden (about the size of a fifth of a football field) to help feed hundreds of pantry clients and educate the entire community about the health benefits (and fun!) of growing your own food.
What the garden grows:
In addition to producing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, the garden has long-lasting community benefits, growing:
- A sustainable source of fresh, free produce for hundreds of pantry clients for years to come
- Opportunities for community-wide gardening instruction, including classes on nutrition, food preparation, and garden planning, plus hands-on participation in soil-bed preparation, planting, harvesting, and preserving the food for use throughout the year
- Partnerships with other programs that address food insecurity, including the city’s free summer lunch program for kids and the pantry’s new farmer’s market
The garden includes a patio, benches, sidewalk access, and raised garden beds on the green space adjacent to and west of the pantry on North Jones Boulevard.
Learn More about the Garden
“This is not your typical garden,” explains Scott Koepke, Education Outreach Coordinator at Soilmates of New Pioneer Food Co-op. “This is designed to be sustainable for years to come, and large enough to provide food for hundreds of people. Food insecurity isn’t going away anytime soon. Research affirms the therapy of gardens on communities, so your donations are not only addressing that need, but creating something with long-lasting and widespread benefits for the entire community.”