The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm first opened in 1855 to care for the indigent, the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill. This historical resource provides a unique educational and interpretive opportunity for visitors to learn about Iowa’s method of using its plentiful agricultural resources in efforts to care for the poor and mentally ill.
In pursuit of an agricultural educational experience for students of all ages. We are situated on an 85-acre farm, producing a variety of foods, raising animals and honey, and growing herbs and flowers using techniques that protect the environment and help foster the development of healthy living.
The Iowa Valley Global Food Project (IVGFP) is a coalition of Eastern Iowa non-profits and community groups that are working together to make our local food system more inclusive by creating opportunities for immigrant community members— new Iowans— to obtain greater access to food, land, and educational resources.
The Bike Library started in 2004 as a volunteer-run community bike project located in Iowa City, Iowa with a mission of getting more people on bikes. We repair donated bikes and offer them to the public. Bikes are priced with a deposit and checked out for six month periods. If a bike is returned in good condition within the checkout period, the deposit will be returned to the user. Alternately, patrons can choose to keep their bikes and forfeit their deposit.