Cedar Valley Grows

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



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

Food • Faith • Climate: Connecting the Dots (September 20, 2014)
We invite you to a workshop that provides education on how our food practices contribute to climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions. Learn to become part of the solution through helpful tips, resources, and wallet guides for more climate friendly choices. Enjoy low carbon footprint lunch, tour Our Savior Lutheran Church's "Garden of Eatin" where they grow food for the hungry in their community, and find out how you can start a congregational garden with help from Cedar Valley Grows. Workshop offered by Iowa Interfaith Power & Light.
Date: Sat., September 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church (420 Harwood Ave, Waterloo; map)
Cost: $35 per person
Registration: www.iowaipl.org
More information: Visit www.iowaipl.org or email programs@iowaipl.org
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers Master Gardener classes in Waterloo (September-November 2014)
Master Gardeners are volunteers who share a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to helping others. Register by September 2 for classes offered in Waterloo this fall. Topics include soils, botany, weeds, trees, vegetables, flowers, and house plants. Upon course completion, participants volunteer 40 hours on different garden projects to become certified Master Gardeners.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 16 through November 25, 2014 (11 weeks)
Time: 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Location: Dick Young Greenhouse, 1505 Logan Avenue, Waterloo
Cost: $195 Master Gardener class / $550 for Pro-Hort class
Registration: Download the brochure and registration form. Register by September 2, 2014. ($25 late fee applied to registrations received after 10/2/14)
Contact: Grace Rathert (rathert@iastate.edu)


New community garden map for the Cedar Valley

Click here to view all community gardens in the area. Cedar Valley Grows created this map to help gardeners connect and support each other.


Community garden seeds bear more than fruit (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier / June 1, 2014)

Seeds planted at Quakerdale’s new Sonshine Garden on Friday are likely to grow into everything from herbs to beans to watermelon. But if everything goes according to plan, the plants will also yield a sense of community, responsibility and achievement... [read more]


Cedar Valley Grows awards support to four community gardens! (Spring 2014)

Meadowview Estates II 
5317 Meadowlark Lane, Cedar Falls
Contact: Lynn Lovell (319-277-8687)
Northeast Iowa Food Bank 
1605 Lafayette St
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 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]


Past Cedar Valley Grows work includes:
Spring Garden Classes (March-April 2014)
The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition hosted three Spring Garden Classes at the ISU Extension and Outreach office. Topics included backyard composting and vermicomposting; planning, prepping, and planting the vegetable garden; and maintaining and harvesting the vegetable garden.
Accepted applications for support in starting a new community garden (March 2014)
Cedar Valley Grows encouraged Cedar Falls and Waterloo neighborhood, religious, service, and non-profit groups to apply for support in starting a community garden on private land or public park land.
Community garden informational meetings (February 2014)
Members of the community gathered at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex (Waterloo) and the Cedar Falls Rec Center (Cedar Falls) to learn more about Cedar Valley Grows and get answers to questions about the Request for Application forms (RFAs).