Altoona Community Garden

Community Garden Coming to Altoona in May 2014

This spring, the newly formed Healthy Altoona Partnership is planning to open a community garden –  location and more definitive information to be announced soon!!

Southeast Polk residents will be able to rent a plot in the garden with a seasonal agreement to maintain the plot and abide by the garden policies. Gardeners can purchase a plot to grow produce for personal use, and/or donate their produce to the local food pantry. The group is also working closely with the City of Altoona, Iowa State Extension Service, FFA and other community partners to incorporate curriculum-based learning and ensure the garden can be utilized by people of all abilities.

There will be approximately 20 garden plots and 20 herb garden plots for rent. There will also be a section of the garden called Grow a Row for the Community that will be dedicated to donating produce to the community, such as the Caring Hands food bank. FFA will also have Project Learning plots that will provide learning opportunities for children and students.

This garden encompasses the true meaning of a “community garden” as there are many different opportunities for people of all ages to give back to their community by volunteering their time and helping people improve their food security, eat healthier, and learn new skills such as gardening and food preservation. It is also a good way to be more physically active.

The Healthy Altoona Partnership is currently looking for those interested in renting plots, being a garden sponsor, or donating plants and materials. Contact us

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About Terri Henkels

Over 15 years of service in public health including Director of the Polk County Health Department until retirement. A Volunteer facilitating the Healthy Altoona Partnership.
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