Global Food Project

World Cultures Uniting Local Communities


Global Food Project connects newly arrived and established Iowa City and Johnson County residents through community garden plots located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm.  We use sustainable practices for growing food, provide gardening assistance and resources, and help to build and expand communities. We provide a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for sharing life experiences, building trust between cultures, and embracing the diversity of our fellow Iowans.

Global Food Project was founded in 2016 by a group of folks that were seeking to make a more inclusive and interconnected Iowa City.  Working with other local organizations and Johnson County, the program was established at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm with the goal of bringing together the different communities in the area, both new and established.  In 2020, the program came under the wing of IC Compassion but the gardens were put on hiatus for that season due to Covid-19.  This year (2021) we were able to hire a project manager and are working to re-establish the garden program and work in cooperation with our new and returning families to envision a bright future with expanded opportunities.

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Our gardens are located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm

Address: 4811 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246


Thanks to our past, present and future donators, partners & friends: Iowa Valley RC&D, Astig Planning, Center for Worker Justice, Grow Johnson County, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Beautiful Land Products, Calico Farms, Quality Care, Filaree Garlic Farm, Seed Savers Exchange, High Mowing Seeds, & Johnny's Select Seeds.