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Garden spots are FULL for the 2023 season!!

Global Food Project

Community Gardens Uniting World Cultures

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Global Food Project connects newly arrived and established Iowa City and Johnson County residents through garden plots located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. We use sustainable practices, provide gardening assistance and resources, and help to build and expand communities. We create a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment at our gardens 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. The following year a program manager was hired and worked to re-establish the garden program.

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The 2021 season was great to re-establish ourselves in the community. In 2022 we are doubling the numbers of families that garden with us. We are also planting a perennial fruit and herb garden that will be available to all our gardeners and pilot a program that will provide more space to growers who would like to sell their produce. Reaching more of the community, creating more opportunities to increase knowledge, and more community connection will be the backbone of our work going forward.


Our gardens are located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm

Address: 4811 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

You can help grow the Global Food Project.
We appreciate your generosity.
Select "Global Food Project" on our donation page.

Partners and Donors

Many thanks to our past, present and future donors, partners & friends

  • Johnson County Board of Supervisors

  • Iowa Valley RC&D

  • Astig Planning

  • Center for Worker Justice

  • Grow Johnson County

  • Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

  • Beautiful Land Products

  • Community Foundation of Johnson County

  • Calico Farms

  • Quality Care

  • Filaree Garlic Farm

  • Seed Savers Exchange

  • High Mowing Seeds

  • Johnny's Select Seeds

  • 5224GOOD

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