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Mike and Jay

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike and Jay

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight is on two of Feed Iowa First’s incredibly dedicated volunteers! You can find Mike and Jay at just about every volunteer function, usually fixing equipment (or putting it together), stacking compost, mixing soil — you name it, they can do it. Jay notes that volunteering with Feed Iowa First is a chance to “be outside and get a little exercise,” which is always a plus. He adds, “I might learn something, you never can tell.” Thank you, Mike and Jay, for always being willing to help with whatever Feed Iowa First needs.

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Carter Oswood to lead Feed Iowa First

Carter Oswood to lead Feed Iowa First

The Feed Iowa First Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Carter Oswood has joined the Feed Iowa First team as Executive Director. “Carter brings a deep passion for the Feed Iowa First mission to combat food insecurity by growing food and farmers; great...

2019 Growing Season Wrap-Up: 20,000 pounds

2019 Growing Season Wrap-Up: 20,000 pounds

20,011.5 pounds of produce, to be exact! Thank you to all of our volunteers, growing partners, distribution partners, advocates, and farmer friends for helping us with a community effort to bring fresh, beautiful chemical-free produce to our neighbors in need. 2019...

Welcome Logan, our new AmeriCorps VISTA

Welcome Logan, our new AmeriCorps VISTA

Logan joined our team in August 2019 as the new VISTA Farm Coordinator. He says, "I knew I wanted to continue on with AmeriCorps service after my first six months serving as logistics coordinator for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps branch helping people in Cedar Rapids make...

Now Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member

Now Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member

Do you have experience with nonprofit work, communications, fundraising, and/or gardening, and are looking to expand your skillset while providing service to the Cedar Rapids community? Feed Iowa First is hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member! The service term...

2nd Annual Feed Iowa First Charity Dinner – Rodina

2nd Annual Feed Iowa First Charity Dinner – Rodina

This charity dinner benefiting Feed Iowa First will knock your socks off with talented local chefs, breweries, and farmers! Please join us at the Second Annual Feed Iowa First Charity Dinner! This event is to feature 4 local chefs, 4 local beverage makers, and 4 local...

September Harvest Update

September Harvest Update

We are happy to report that at this point in our 2019 growing season, Feed Iowa First has harvested 8,466 pounds of fresh, healthy produce! After May, June, and July, our total poundage of produce was around 2,750 pounds. In August we harvested a whopping 5,715...

Feed Iowa First farm map 2019

Feed Iowa First farm map 2019

View full map here. Check out who is growing with Feed Iowa First this year! The Accel Group ADM Alliance Church Bluebird Farm Christ Episcopal Church Collins Aerospace Echollective Faith Lutheran Church First Baptist Church First Congregation United Church of Christ...

Feed Iowa First hosts first Bus Tour

Feed Iowa First hosts first Bus Tour

On Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m., Feed Iowa First hosted our first-ever Bus Tour. Participants traveled from the shop to Feed Iowa First's urban farm at River of Life Church, which is growing peas and sweet potatoes. The bus stopped at Olivet Mission next, where...

May Shop Update

May Shop Update

A flurry of activity has come over the shop since those last March flurries melted away. A once dry, dusty climate now is heavy with moisture and oxygen and glows with full spectrum light. Each lighted rack is jam-packed with little green babies emerging from neat...

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