One of the greatest things about living in Des Moines is that they are actively a part of the Local Food Movement. The Des Moines Community Garden Coalition provides four areas throughout the metro for Community Gardening. The Franklin Community Garden, The Drake Community Garden, The Edmunds/Oakridge/Sherman Hill Community Garden, and the new Downtown Community Garden. The city provides the plots, compost, mulch, and water free of charge as long as you maintain your garden and grow organically. What a deal!!
For those of us that live in older neighborhoods with way too much shade, this is the perfect opportunity to start growing your own organic produce. Not only is this economical but for newbie gardeners, you will find a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips by meeting your garden neighbors. Seasoned gardeners and newbie’s alike work side by side learning from each other and forming lasting friendships. There are people from all walks of life and all ages involved. It’s a great way to learn about where our food actually comes from and organic methods of growing and care.
For more information on joining a community garden please visit the Des Moines Community Garden Coalition.
Diana Bauman is a Local Spanish foodie. You can view her personal blog at: A Little Bit of Spain In Iowa.
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