Together, our 2 historic sites offer educational programs, raise sustainably-grown produce, and create locally-sourced meals Together, our 2 historic sites offer educational programs, raise sustainably-grown produce, and create locally-sourced meals The Garden for Good will raise 5,000 lbs. of sweet potatoes for food-insecure Iowans in 2020 “ This experience sums up what it means to live in Iowa… ” “ We had so much fun at last night’s class! ” WCI helps food entrepreneurs with rental space at the Mickle Center Shared Use Community Kitchen The annual Prairie Art Exhibit connects the important role of prairies & pollinators to community art Volunteers work alongside staff in the garden, help at special events, and serve on the board of directors

Featured News

Seeking Farm Programs Intern

We’re looking for a Farm Programs Intern who is interested in a hands-on working/learning experience in vegetable/fruit production. The Intern will help the Farm Programs Manager manage the organization’s 12 acres of tillable land and orchard for vegetable/fruit production for use by two kitchens and an on-site farm stand. The site also includes space for cover crops, pollinator habitat, flowers and other land use. The Intern will participate in educational programming and special projects, one of which could be the construction of a geothermal greenhouse. Occasional weekend work may be required. Minimum of 10 weeks, maximum of 14 weeks. Find out more: WCI Farm Programs Intern description application – 2021

Covid-19 Response

WCI has canceled all indoor events through spring 2021. Our buildings are currently closed but the prairie path at the Country Life Center is open for social-distance walking. Staff are available by phone and email. We’ll continue to monitor the evolving public health situation. Updates will be provided as they become available.

At the current time, we’re offering online cooking classes. To help with your at-home meal preparation, Chef Katie’s favorite recipes are posted on our Farm to Table page. The Mickle Center Shared Use Kitchen continues to support small food businesses.

Our Statement

We stand with people of color against racism, violence, and hate. Enriching communities and gathering together is the core of our work at The Wallace Centers of Iowa and how we actualize the Wallace family legacy. Now more than ever, we value our work that creates seats at the table for everyone. As an organization, we are dedicated to equitable, inclusive programming and services where everyone is welcome.

Lots of opportunities to Eat, Grow, and Learn including these featured programs:

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Pizza on the Prairie

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Prairie Art Exhibit

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Garden for Good

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Cooking Classes