300 Iowa Street
Located behind the 4th Street parking garage
Mission: Foster urban dwellers connection to nature, food, and economic opportunities.
Layout of Garden: 3 main planting beds and several smaller perennial beds, fruit trees, and full water access. Tools and seeds are available for sharing.
Garden Hours: Garden hours are not set, but we are working there most mornings. Contact Ashley Neises to set up a time to visit. Self-guided tours are encouraged. (The greenhouse and chicken house are locked when garden laborers are not present.)
Special Events: Hosts educational sessions, school groups, mission residents, and the public. Dubuque County ISU Extension hosts the Farm-to-Table Fundraiser with part of the proceeds going to our greenhouse operations. Check out the event’s website http://driftlessfarmcrawl.com/. We hosted our first on-site farm-to-table dinner with the Circles Initiative and fed over 30 people Chicken Gumbo and salad from our Garden-Special thanks to David from the Food Store for preparing the Gumbo.
Is there educational support for new gardeners: YES!
When should I get in touch if I’m interested in gardening or volunteering?
Anytime, but May-October is the most ideal season.
Where does the food go?
The garden’s food goes to the Mission Kitchen to be distributed and prepared for those in need. Food is also given to volunteers and other groups serving the community.
How was the garden started?
Elbow grease, fundraising, and a partnership with the City of Dubuque.
Did you receive a grant/s? If so, from where?
Hy-vee’s Community Garden Grant; Sustainable Dubuque; estate grants
How is it supported? (Sponsors/Funding organizations:)
Farm to Table Dinner Fundraiser is our main garden fundraising effort at this time.
See photos HERE!
How many people are actively involved in the success of the garden currently?
5 + community support.
Do you or would you like to host school groups, youth, or other groups at the garden?
Help with carpentry, planting, aquaponics, and food preparation would be great. Ashley Neises is also available to teach people so they can develop their gardening skills.
Ashley Noonan, Garden Manager