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The City Plaza Children's Garden

The City Plaza Children's Garden was planted on June 3, 2012, as part of the Iowa City Public Library's Children's Day events. This downtown garden is the result of collaboration between New Pioneer Co-op and the city of Iowa City. Scott Koepke, the education and outreach coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op's Soilmates program; and Rachael Carlson, who works with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, planted the garden with the help of children who attended Children's Day.

Debbie Dunn, a library assistant in the Children's Services Department, was also involved in organizing this effort. The Iowa City Public Library sees the garden as another hands-on opportunity to educate children about where their food comes from and how things grow.

Table To Table was the recipient of the harvested produce from the Children's Garden on the Ped Mall. Table To Table provides food for 26 organizations including the Crisis Center. Find out how you can get involved with Table to Table at

We look forward to spring and continuing Iowa City's community gardening!

For more information on winter and spring plans, visit the newsroom.

Watch Our Garden Grow

Two bags of kale, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and corn were harvested from the Iowa City Public Library/Soilmates/City Plaza Children's Garden the morning of Aug. 15, to be donated to Table to Table.
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"I've been doing community gardening for many, many years and can't think of another project that has blessed my heart more than this one," said Scott Koepke. Read details about the positive impact the children's garden has had on community spirit.

For more info, contact:

Scott Koepke
New Pioneer's Soilmates garden education service
319-248-6416 •

Rachael Carlson
City of Literature USA

April Jo Harder
Iowa City Public Library
319-887-6216 •