Iowa Western Community College and Grand View University
- The projects include: Extreme 180 Camp in Des Moines—which focuses on childhood obesity and aims to help youth make healthy choices; and the “Seed to Spoon” program in Council Bluffs—which teaches youth and families about sustainable agriculture and how to incorporate it into one’s daily life.
- The prominent community partners involved in the proposed projects are Extreme 180 Camp in Des Moines and Boys & Girls Club of Council Bluffs. The Micah House and Heartland Family Services in Council Bluffs are also participating.
- Scholarships will be offered to youth at Boys & Girls Club to attend the E180 Camp.
- Nursing students from Grand View and Iowa Western will be trained to facilitate certain aspects of the E180 Camp activities surrounding nutrition.
-Seed phase: Ag students will begin planting seed in campus greenhouse. List of produce decided upon by agencies, Ag and Culinary dept.
-Construction/High Tunnel phase: Construction and Ag students will collaborate to construct high tunnel growing structure and also collaborate with agencies on the design/layout of gardens/raised beds.
-Planting/Growing phase: Ag students will collaborate and share knowledge/skills with youth at agencies to plant and grow produce.
-Harvesting/Cooking phase: Culinary students will collaborate with youth and families to share knowledge/skills for harvesting and preparing/cooking fresh produce.
-Sustainability phase: Sustainability office will collaborate with agencies and participants to share knowledge/skills about composting and rain barrels. Agencies will also utilize compost and rain barrels for gardens.
With questions about this project contact Corrine Grace, Coordinator of Service-Learning Initiatives at Iowa Western Community College and Heidi Pries, Director of Student Involvement at Grand View University.