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Wallace House pop-up market Dec. 14

Stop by the Wallace House on Thursday, December 14 from 11 am to 6 pm! All of your favorite Abundance food products will be there, including Whiskey Apple Butter, Tomato Compote and Garlic Smoked Salt. Purchase individually or grab a convenient gift set then pop on a bow and you’re done!

Our elves will also load up the sleigh with some gift items from the Gift Shop at the Wallace Farm: Locally-produced honey, candles, cookie cutters and more!

Celebrating Lisa

After 20+ years of service, Wallace Farm Site/Gift Shop Manager Lisa Swanson is retiring.  To honor Lisa’s love of flowers and plants, we’ve set up a Floral Garden Fund for the Wallace Farm. Gifts of any amount can be made securely online. Checks can also be mailed to the Wallace Farm, 2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858.

Year-end giving

Donations of all sizes support WCI’s programs, events and operations so we can keep programs affordable, introduce new features and maintain our historic buildings and extensive grounds. Choose from a one time gift or sustain WCI with a recurring gift. Thank you!

WCI wins Working Here grant

Farm Credit Services of America awarded WCI a $3,310 Working Here Fund grant for the new geothermal greenhouse at the Wallace Farm. Funding will help us write age-appropriate education plans, develop hands-on activities, and experiment with different plant material. WCI is one of 88 groups to receive a 2023 grant in the 3rd quarter.

“We’re proud to support organizations like WCI because of their passion to educate our communities about the importance of the ag industry,” said Erin Carney, regional VP of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Red Oak office. Note: This grant amount was corrected from an earlier e-news article of $5,000.  

Farm to Table Thursday paused

Farm to table dining in Des Moines has expanded & changed dramatically since we started Farm to Table Thursday dinners in 2014. In light of that, our staff and board are taking some time to research and reflect on what are the best ways for our food programs to be strong, sustainable, engaging and fit within the current landscape.

Your support is deeply appreciated during this transition and we look forward to welcoming folks back to the Wallace House in 2024. In the meantime, come see us at the Wallace House on December 14 with a holiday pop-up market of our Abundance line of preserved food products and other gift items.

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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.

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