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Wallace Centers Of Iowa In The News

Shaggy Mangalitsa pig draws chef's attention
Chef Katie Porter praises the unique qualities of pork produced by this special breed.

WHO-TV: An Iowa's Chef's Dream
How Chef Katie returned to Iowa to provide farm to table meals. Scenes from both WCI locations and how they connect to each other.

C-SPAN: 2014 Cities Tour
A visit to the Country Life Center and the story of three generations of Henry Wallaces.

WOI TV Family to Farm
overview of the Country Life Center, its connection to Henry A. Wallace, and the Real Soil food camp.

Foodstuffs: Wallace Centers Farm to Table Fundraiser
Details of WCI's Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner at the Wallace House on July 26.

Planting for the Future
WCI's Beginning Small Field and Business Apprenticeships

Top-Notch Tailgating - Sept. 2013
Recipe suggestions for ISU-Iowa football game includes one from Chef Katie Routh.

NY Times Frugal Traveler Visits Gathering Table - August 2013
New York Time travel writer Seth Kugel visited the Country Life Center near Orient in August 2013. Praising his farm-fresh meal, he goes on to compare and contrast his Iowa eating experiences.

Does Your Workplace Need Civility Training? - June 2013
Interview with Civility Programs Coordinator Carla Hicklin.

Foodstuffs: Weekly Dinners at the Wallace House - June 2013
Food for Thought dinners on Thursday nights at the Wallace House began June 13, 2013.

You Should Get to Know Mosa Shayan - April 2013
Interview with Farm Programs Manager Mosa Shayan

Breaking Bread & Barriers - Sept/Oct 2012
The Wallace Dialogue Dinners serve up fresh food and shared ideas.

Wallace Centers of Iowa In The News


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Silos and Smokestacks

"People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely." --Henry A. Wallace

Inspired by the Wallace family legacy, The Wallace Centers of Iowa provides a variety of programs and services to build awareness of local food, sustainable agriculture, and civility. WCI serves both urban and rural communities with locations at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Activities include:

Production and Sale of more than 40 organically-grown fruits and vegetables to local grocery stores, farmers markets, and Prairie Harvest Community Supported Agriculture subscribers.

The Gathering Table at the Country Life Center offers dining nearly year-round that utilizes locally-grown food. At the Wallace House in Des Moines, Thursday evening "Food for Thought" dinners combine locally-sourced menus with conversation about food.

Community-Building & Educational Programs:
Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference educates teens about critical food issues such as food insecurity, food safety, and nutrition with a short-term intensive and long-term self-guided project.
Culinary Classes inspire cooks to use fresh, locally produced ingredients and expand their tastes.
Civility Dialogue Lunches gather concerned community members around the table for discussion about civility in our community.
Everyday Civility helps to build civility in the workplace with a two-hour learning session for employees.
Community Conversations facilitate conversation about current issues with community members and local experts.
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas share household tips and issues of the day from the women's section of the historic Wallaces' Farmer farm journal.
Farm-to-Table Dinners showcase in-season produce grown at the Country Life Center in a gourmet menu at the Wallace House.
Garden Workshops offer advice from local and regional experts to both new and experienced gardeners.

Entrepreneurial Food Production Processes and Activities shares practical advice and methods for other producers:
One Step at a Time helps emerging food entrepreneurs develop, test, process, package and market local food products to retail outlets.
Small Farm Field and Business Apprenticeships bridge the gap between a typical internship and independent farming with practical experience managing a medium-sized organic produce production garden.

Community-Building Consulting for neighborhoods, towns, non-profit organizations, and people who share a common interest. Using seven unique components, The Wallace Centers of Iowa's community efforts foster civil dialogue; shape a broad, grass roots-supported vision; and translate that vision into action.

Agri-Tourism Programs, Historic Tours and Archives: Provides information about the achievements of Wallace family members to students, authors, researchers, and the public for reports, articles, books, historical exhibits, and general interest.

Winner of the 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines































Upcoming Events

Thursdays, August 21 & 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Food for Thought Dinners

At the Wallace House in Des Moines, Food for Thought combines changing food themes and local experts with locally-sourced meals to spark conversation about food. Order from a changing menu. Reservations are taken for each half hour from 5:30 to 8 pm: 515-243-7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org.

Fridays August 22 & 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Gathering Table Lunches

Centered around the fresh produce grown in the garden right outside the Gathering Barn near Orient, lunches are offered 11 am to 1 pm. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations suggested for groups. 641-337-5019 or katieporter@wallace.org. CLOSED JULY 4.

Fridays August 22 & 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Gathering Table Dinners

Centered around the fresh produce grown on site, dinners are offered 5:30 to 8 pm at the Country Life Center near Orient. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations recommended. 641-337-5019 or katieporter@wallace.org.
Closed October 17 for a private party.

Wednesday, September 17
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas

This 90-minute program includes a delicious three-course lunch with readings from the historic pages of the women's section of Wallaces' Farmer magazine. $20 per person. The menu and program change seasonally. Call 515-243-7063 or email deannebryce@wallace.org to book a seat.

Saturday, September 20
Farm to Table Tour & Dinner

At the Country Life Center, staff will host tours of the organic production gardens and greenhouse, high tunnel hoop houses, and Gathering Barn from 5 to 6 pm. A casual four-course dinner will be served outside, weather permitting. $50 per person. Call 641-337-5019 or email katieporter@wallace.org for reservations.

Friday, October 17
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas

This 90-minute program includes a delicious three-course lunch with readings from the historic pages of the women's section of Wallaces' Farmer magazine. $20 per person. The menu and program change seasonally. Call 515-243-7063 or email deannebryce@wallace.org to book a seat.

Saturday, October 18
Farm to Table Fundraiser

Starting with the fresh produce harvested from the Country Life Center production gardens, Chef Katie creates a five-course gourmet meal with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Seating at 5 pm and 8 pm at the Wallace House. $70 per person. Bring your own wine. Reservations: 515-243-7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org. Gratuity at your discretion.

Wednesday, November 5
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas

This 90-minute program includes a delicious three-course lunch with readings from the historic pages of the women's section of Wallaces' Farmer magazine. $20 per person. The menu and program change seasonally. Call 515-243-7063 or email deannebryce@wallace.org to book a seat.

For more details visit our events page.

Upcoming Events
756 Sixteenth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, Iowa
515-243-7063 (Des Moines) • 641-337-5019 (Orient)
Email: info@wallace.org