Cedar Valley Grows

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


Community garden informational meetings - February 21 & 25*

Join us to learn more about Cedar Valley Grows and get answers to your questions about the Request for Application forms (RFAs).

Meeting times and locations:

Fri. February 21, 2014; 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Cedar Valley SportsPlex (map)

Tue. February 25*, 2014; 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Cedar Falls Rec Center (map)

* Feb. 20 meeting RESCHEDULED to Feb. 25 due to weather


Apply now to start your own community garden! - Due March 14
Cedar Valley Grows encourages Cedar Falls and Waterloo neighborhood, religious, service, and non-profit groups to apply for support in starting a community garden. Application deadline: March 14, 2014


Click here to download: Request for Applications (RFA) for Private Land

Click here to download: Request for Application (RFA) for Public Park Land *

If your organization is considering using city owned land in Cedar Falls, you will need to complete this Cedar Falls Lease AgreementIf your organization is considering using city owned land in Waterloo you will need to complete this Waterloo Lease Agreement.


Spring Garden Classes

The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition is hosting three Spring Gardening Classes, click here to learn how to participate. 

  • March 8th-Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting
  • March 22nd- Planning, Prepping, and Planting the Vegetable Garden
  • April 12th- Maintaining and Harvesting the Vegetable Garden

All classes are held at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo from 10:00am to 12:00pm

For more information, email cedarvalleygarden@gmail.com.


Cedar Valley Grows in the news:


Cedar Valley Grows encourages involvement in community gardens (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier / Feb. 2, 2014)

A gardening friend once made a comment that has stayed with me. It doesn’t take much to become a gardener, just a few seeds, some basic tools and a little knowledge. More vital, he said, is the gardener’s own shadow.

It’s the commitment a gardener... [read more]


Cedar Valley Grows (The Forum / Jan. 2014)

Neighborhoods and organizations in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area with dreams of starting community gardens may now have their wishes come true with the collaboration of Cedar Valley Grows. Cedar Valley Grows, an umbrella organization formed to further develop community gardens in the Cedar Valley, is partnering with Leisure Services of Cedar Falls and Waterloo to create more community gardens in the Cedar Valley.

Four community gardens will be awarded... [read more]