Community Programs

Watch our for upcoming community events here! We love to celebrate local food in our community, and one way we do that is by holding family-oriented programs designed to help your family incorporate local food into your lifestyle.



April 23rd – Growing Microgreens Class

Join us and learn how you can grow microgreens at home! Find out why microgreens are a great thing to add to your diet, methods for growing them indoors, and check out some recipes featuring microgreens. We’ll talk about the difference between sprouts and microgreens, and how you can incorporate microgreens into your gardening habits all year long.

And, of course, we’ll have some tasty treats to share! The class is designed for adults, but kids are welcome to attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The class will be held at the Wapello County Extension Office (13011 120th Ave, Ottumwa) and the cost is $5 to attend. You must call and register (so we have enough snacks!) with Jen at 641-682-5491, or send a message through Facebook.

This class will count as 1.5 hours of continuing education for certified Master Gardeners. Click here for more information.


May 3rd – RFSWG Quarterly Meeting

The upcoming meeting on May 3, 2018 will discuss Food Access for People in Poverty. Click here for more details on this meeting and presentations from previous meetings.


June 6th – RFSWG Summer Field Day 2018

Tour farms and food businesses in southeast Iowa on June 6th, 2018 at the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG) summer field day. RFSWG is open to anyone interested in building a stronger food system in Iowa. Come join us!

Click here to learn more about RFSWG.


July to September 2018 – Garden Bites

Join us this summer for Garden Bites, a family-oriented, garden-to-table cooking night where we play games, do activities, cook together, and share a meal. At this time, we have 3 sessions scheduled:

July 23
August 13
September 10

Each session will take place at Liberty Elementary School, from 6-8:30pm. There is no cost to attend, but we do require families to register by emailing Jen at or calling 641-682-5491. This program is designed for families with kids in elementary school, though all ages are welcome!