If you’re in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City areas on Sunday, June 26, you have great opportunities during two free events to see lovely gardens and learn more about the project at the historic Johnson County Poor Farm.
In Cedar Rapids, Wanda Lunn, 526 Bezdek Drive NW, is opening her gardens to the public from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, June 26, 2016. An International Lily Show judge, Wanda notes that it should be prime lily and daylily time, with more than 150 varieties of early- to mid-daylilies and 100 different lilies in bloom.
“It will be very showy this year if the weather does not crush them,” she said.
On the same day in Iowa City, Grow: Johnson County will offer an open house and Solstice Party from 1-3 p.m.
See more about the Iowa City event, from Grow: Johnson County:
IOWA CITY – Everyone is invited to attend the Grow: Johnson County (GJC) Solstice Party and Open House on Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 1PM – 3PM at their farm, located at 4811 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City. Driving west from Iowa City on Melrose Avenue, the farm is the second driveway on the left after the 218 overpass.
This is an exciting opportunity to learn about GJC’s innovative hunger-relief and food cultivation education project while enjoying tasty refreshments from New Pioneer Food Coop and live music by the Cedar County Cobras.
The GJC Solstice Party & Open House will also offer the chance to meet garden educator Scott Koepke and tour the gardens with GJC founders Jason, Scott, Bob, and John. There will also be hands-on learning as participants make and eat a massaged kale salad. The Johnson County Historical Society will also be on hand to provide educational tours about the farm’s past as an asylum and “poor farm.”
Grow: Johnson County is a collaborative effort aimed at reducing food insecurity through organic farming and education. Starting this year, GJC is utilizing two acres of land at the historic Johnson County Poor Farm to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables that will be donated to local hunger-relief agencies. Additionally, GJC will be offering a variety of hands-on learning opportunities to educate and empower the community to grow food. To get involved, visit: www.growjohnsoncounty.org.