Cedar Valley Grows

Creating a sustainable network of shared community and school gardens in the Cedar Valley


We are a collaboration of community partners that seeks to develop and maintain a network of community gardens in the Cedar Valley. Cedar Valley Grows provides a complete list of community gardens as a resource here, but only those specified are directly supported and sponsored by Cedar Valley Grows. Please join us! Contact Felicia Cass, the Cedar Valley Grows coordinator (cedarvalleygarden@gmail.com or 319-883-8626). [Read more about Cedar Valley Grows]

Corye Johnson, Kamyar Enshayan, and Regan Jamieson at the new Food Bank Garden.


Cedar Falls Seed Library Harvest Party (November 8, 2014)

Celebrate the Cedar Falls Seed Library’s first harvest season! Please clearly label the seeds you collected to donate. Include type of seed (ex: Tomato, Corn, Pepper, etc.), variety (Kellogg’s Breakfast, Black Aztec, Jalapeno, etc.), year, and distinguish annual or perennial for flowers. Donated seeds will replenish the seed library’s stock to be shared with the seed saving community.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 8; 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
Location: Cedar Falls Public Library Meeting Room


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Benefits of Community Gardens:

(American Community Garden Association)

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates social interaction
  • Encourages self-reliance
  • Beautifies neighborhoods
  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces crime
  • Preserves green space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
More about Cedar Valley Grows:
Cedar Valley Grows, an umbrella organization formed to further develop community gardens in the Cedar Valley, partners with Leisure Services of Cedar Falls and Waterloo to create more community gardens in the Cedar Valley.
Cedar Valley Grows started as a series of meetings held late winter of 2013 which Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Center for Energy and Environmental Education facilitated. The goal of these meetings was to identify successful community gardens and the barriers that prevent more communities gardens from developing. This joint project between the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls to create more community gardens in partnership with other community organizations is the fruit of those meetings.
In the spring of 2014, Cedar Valley Grows awarded three-year agreements to four gardens: 
Meadowview Estates II
5317 Meadowlark Lane, Cedar Falls
Contact: Lynn Lovell (319-277-8687)
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
1605 Lafayette St, Waterloo
Contact: Kamyar Enshayan (319-273-7575)
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church - Garden of Eatin’
420 Harwood Ave, Waterloo
Contact: Debbie Crawford (319-277-7514)
Quakerdale of Waterloo
140 South Barclay St, Waterloo
Contact: Patti Downs (319-230-4856)
Cedar Valley Grows is a collaboration between Waterloo and Cedar Falls, UNI, CEEE, ISU Extension, Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, The Blue Zones Project, and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.