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Meskwaki Senior Community Garden

The Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) was launched in 2012 to support the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (aka Meskwaki Nation) as its people define their agriculture system, one focused around traditional, healthy, and sustainable foods.


The Senior Community Garden is a project under the umbrella of MFSI.  This one acre traditional foods garden plot functions in two ways: as (1) a volunteer opportunity for community members to share knowledge of gardening and engage in the larger dialogue on issues of food access and health, and (2) a way to ensure fresh vegetables and traditional food are provided for seniors in the community as all produce from the Senior Garden is donated to Meskwaki Senior Services for use in their meals.


The Senior Garden is managed by an Americorps VISTA, with all other aid in maintaining the garden volunteered by community members.  With support from MFSI, gardening workshops as well as cooking and preserving classes (about two per month) are offered, with workshops on gardening topics taking place in the Senior Garden and cooking/preserving classes in a nearby kitchen.  Last season, anywhere from 5-30 community members attended each workshop.  The donated produce, adding up to over 9,000 pounds per season, feeds about 60 seniors per day either through meals offered at Meskwaki Senior Services or home deliveries taken to less mobile seniors.

Where it's at:

349 Meskwaki Rd.
Tama, IA 52339
United States

Garden type:

senior garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

indigenous people and seniors

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What this project needs:

gardening books
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Emma O'Polka
Jennifer Vazquez

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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(207) 956-0606