Our new Garden Coordinator, Ilsa DeWald, was born and raised in central Iowa.
She attended the University of Iowa where she studied Environmental Science and Sustainability. Ilsa became very invested in the UI Student Garden during her time at the U of I. The UI Student Garden is operated by students and volunteers to increase UI campus community awareness about local food including community health, the local economy, and the care of the environment. Ilsa was also an intern at the UI Office of Sustainability for 3 years promoting student leadership and community emphasis on environmental education. Ilsa has met many passionate and motivated people dedicated to improving their community, and she can’t wait to expand her horizons to the community of North Liberty.
Meet the AmeriCorps Project Assistant: Becca Vasquez
Becca Vasquez is the Pantry’s Full-time AmeriCorps Member helping with the Gardening for Health Project. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied International Studies: Global Resources & the Environment and Sustainability. Before starting at the Pantry, Becca was a CSA Sustainable Farming employee, intern, and volunteer at the Farming Institute: Wild Woods Farm and Bountiful Harvest CSA. The Farming Institute is a hands on immersion program teaching participants organic sustainable vegetable production and the business of community supported agriculture. She also mentored under Susan Jutz at Local Harvest CSA as part of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network: Harvesting our Potential Program.
Anyone is welcome to come visit and volunteer at the garden on the designated volunteer days (coming soon!). No garden experience necessary as we will have experienced volunteers helping direct activity.
If you would like to get more involved and volunteer on a regular basis with garden maintenance and educational events, please come to the North Liberty Community Pantry for one of the following garden volunteer orientations.
Tuesday March 31st, 6-8PM
Wednesday April 15th, 1-3PM
Sign up by emailing your name and the date you will be attending to email@example.com.
Ribbon Cutting & Tree Planting Celebration!
Saturday, April 25th
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Join us for our community garden kick-off celebration
with tree planting and soil preparation!
The winners of the Garden Naming Competition will be honored by cutting the ribbon and being recognized for their valuable community participation.
For more information contact us
Ilsa DeWald, Garden Coordinator
Becca Vasquez, Americorps Member
89 North Jones Blvd.
North Liberty, Iowa 52317
Phone: (319) 626-2711
Tina DuBois, Executive Director