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

2021 Prairie Art Exhibit theme

This year’s theme for the Prairie Art Exhibit is “Prairie Creatures Great and Small”. Naturally, the North American bison and prairie dogs come to mind. But don’t overlook smaller, but also critical critters such as songbirds, reptiles and all kinds of insects.

The Prairie Art Exhibit invites community artists of all ages and skill levels to create a 2′ x 2′ painting following our theme. All submissions are mounted in the 9-acre prairie at the Henry A. Country Life Center from late June to early October. There is no charge to tour the exhibit.

Details on picking up boards and turning in completed paintings are coming soon. Volunteer opportunities to help prime the boards and install the exhibit will be available as well.

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 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