The Grinnell Giving Gardens is a collaborative effort by local organizations aiming to improve the health of Poweshiek County by providing free access to fresh, local produce.
The gardens began with the Grinnell Regional Medical Center garden in 2013 as a means to provide access to healthy food options previously not available to Poweshiek County families.
A Community Transformation Grant made the gardens possible with the purchase of gardening tools, supplies, and a refrigerator for the produce, as well as seeds donated by the community.
Today, with the assistance of grants and donations, the Giving Gardens sustainably provide produce that is free to the public and encourages local residents to choose healthier options.
During the growing season, the Giving Gardens depend on volunteers to maintain the gardens and harvest food. Harvested produce is then delivered to locations where community members can receive it. Area farmers and gardeners are also encouraged to donate excess produce to these locations.