A group of Cedar Falls residents this Sunday will unveil a community garden on a plot of land that was purchased by FEMA after the 2008 flood. Federal regulations require that buyouts be transformed into green space. Garden co-founder Grant Schultz says the project is a perfect marriage of land and people.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps, housed at the U.N.I. Center for Energy & Environmental Education, has adopted the garden as an outreach project. Its members developed the layout, designed a water-collection system and contributed labor. To help gardeners learn about natural pesticides and no herbicides, the site also includes a 360-square-foot demonstration plot.
Food from the plot will be donated to the North East Iowa Food Bank.