Grand View Community Garden

March 12, 2018

Grand View University is starting a community garden on land next to campus so individuals living and working in the neighborhood have space to grow fresh food. 

The community garden initiative is part of Grand View’s Views Forward Project. The Views Forward Project recognizes the impact Grand View University has had on the east side of Des Moines and aims to bring continued positive change through genuine and sustainable projects, programs and events that involve residents and businesses. The Project works with neighborhood leaders representing Highland Park, Union Park, Capitol Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Park to identify and develop initiatives that meet community needs and expand opportunities for Grand View students to serve, learn and build ties to the east side of Des Moines.

The space will make up to 42 individual 8’x8’ garden plots available to the community. The hope is to provide Grand View neighbors access to fresh food by giving them the means to garden food for themselves and their family. There will be a reasonable $25 fee to use the gardens for a year and water will be provided on site. Grand View will also make garden plots available to students, staff, and families.

Grand View received a $1500 grant from the 2018 Community Gardens Mini Grant RFP made available through United Way of Central Iowa, in partnership with Eat Greater Des Moines

For more information or to request information on reserving a garden plot: Contact Rob Barron at 515-263-6195 or