Come join our team!

Skilled in the kitchen? We’re currently seeking a Chef/Food Programs Manager. Providing overall leadership for food programming and culinary services, this is a key and impactful role in carrying on the Wallace family legacy of connecting food, land and people. The Chef is responsible for developing and delivering food programs at both locations including our signature Pizza on the Prairie evenings, farm to table dining, private events, educational programs, bus tours and the production of our Abundance preserved food products. The Chef will oversee staff who help deliver food programs and create food products. Read the full job description and apply today!

Welcome, Amy!

Amy Zellweger shadowed long-time staff member Lisa Swanson during much of 2023 in preparation for Lisa’s retirement at the end of the year. It’s now 2024 and she’s ready to step into the role of site & program coordinator at the Wallace Farm, managing the facilities and working with other staff to coordinate programs such as Pizza on the Prairie. She also oversees group travel tours and private rentals at the Farm, plus manages the Farmhouse Gift Shop, working with local artists and vendors to create a special place to purchase gifts and Abundance items.

Fun fact: Amy’s very first job was working in the garden at the Wallace Farm when she was in high school. We’re glad she’s back!

Recent Wallace House improvements

Weather conditions were favorable enough in December to tuck point and cap the Wallace House chimney before the snow flies. This critical work was made possible with our friends at Andrews Roofing, grant funds from West Bank and the Neighborhood Investment Corporation + gifts from several generous donors. Thanks to all for helping to preserve this historic house!

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.

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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.

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