Edible Classroom

The Edible Classroom helps families, gardeners, farmers and herbalists learn how to grow a wide variety of edibles in ways that increases the health of our local ecosystems.

The educational space is filled with fruits, vegetables and herbs, many of which are free for harvesting. Community groups, families and Parks and Recreation programs use the classroom to learn, tend, explore, snack and add artistic elements.

No synthetic pesticides or herbicides are allowed in the landscape.

Location

South side of the

Robert A. Lee Rec. Center

220 South Gilbert, Iowa City

Directions

The three areas of the landscape are designed as a community resource, similar to a library or community art room, where residents can learn about local foods through classes, seasonal celebratory events, tours and casual visits.

 

View the design in The Garden as Your Classroom publication.

Vegetable Gardens
Six raised beds can be checked out for the growing season by individuals and groups. Arbors provide support for growing vegetable vines.

Produce from the gardens can be harvested for personal use, donated to food pantries or made available for free harvesting by visitors. Signs indicate how the produce will be used.

 

Edible Forest
In the center of the landscape, tasty fruits, perennial vegetables, medicinal herbs and beautiful flowers are free to harvest.

This area of orchard crops emulates the patterns of a healthy woodland ecosystem, demonstrating how interconnected trees, shrubs, herbs and ground covers can lower maintenance, increase food yields, support desired wildlife, build soil, reduce erosion and clean air.

Educational signs describe what to harvest and when it is ready.

 

Study
The large, grassy area can be reserved for classes and events. A stage, tables and chairs all support a flexible and comfortable learning environment.

Stay in touch by receiving emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

This project would not be possible without sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of materials and funds.

Logo: Iowa City Parks an Recreation
Backyard Abundance

Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit that helps people create vibrant, engaging outdoor spaces that benefit families and our environment.

P.O. Box 1605

Iowa City, IA  52245

319-325-6810

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