Locally sourced, farm to table meals begin with the fresh produce grown at the Country Life Center farm. "The wide variety and high quality of produce is amazing." Volunteers work alongside staff to plant, cultivate, and harvest produce; help at special events; maintain the facilities; and serve on the board of directors. "We had so much fun at last night’s class!" –Cooking Class student "…thank you for the wonderful day at the Wallace House...such an amazing atmosphere. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and the readings well done." –Hearts & Homes Historic Tea customer WCI’s Garden for Good provided nearly 9,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Food Bank of Iowa and DMARC in 2019. "Customer service warm and friendly; the environment and location is historically significant..."

Featured News

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.

Covid-19 Response

WCI has postponed or canceled all indoor public events through Sept. 1. 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, Pizza on the Prairie and the Prairie Art Exhibit. Volunteers are needed for the Garden for Good. To help with your at-home meal preparation, 20 of 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.

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


Garden for Good

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Cooking Classes