grow:johnson county is…

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Grow: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm program of Iowa Valley RC&D focused on reducing food insecurity and empowering a new wave of local growers. We are currently growing on four acres of land located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm in Iowa City, IA. We grow herbicide-free and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that we donate to local hunger-relief agencies. We also provide hands-on gardening and farming experience for community members of all ages and backgrounds. 

It all started when…

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In 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors asked the community to submit proposals for food-related projects that could potentially take place at the Historic Poor Farm. Leaders from the local food system joined forces to piece together the vision for Grow: Johnson County and present it to the county. The Board of Supervisors expressed unanimous support for the project and offered Grow: Johnson County a five-year lease on two acres of land, to start. The county generously offered some seed money as well as access to water to ensure that Grow would get off the ground running. Much of 2015 was spent securing additional funds, building partnerships, and investing in the soil quality of the original two-acre allotment.

Who is Grow: Johnson County?

All of us. You + Me + Everyone. We are all in this together!
But if you want to know more about the hooligans behind the scenes, here's our team

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