Located on a 20-acre stretch of land on the outskirts of Iowa City, Lucky Star Farm is home to about 100 chickens, a small flock of turkeys, a dozen goats, and a trio of dogs and llamas. Owned and operated by Susan Young, we are dedicated to organic practices and currently offer pasture raised eggs year-round. We raise turkeys for the holidays and milk a small number of Nigerian dwarf does.
Calico Farm is tucked away in the woods in Iowa City where farmer Bonnie Riggans has created a market garden so we can grow good food for people who live nearby. Iowa City residents have easy access to local food through our Market Share Memberships, at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays), or with a call to place a custom order.
The Land Access Program (LAP) provides land use agreements to area farmers of varying farming experience and scale. Currently, the use agreements include land, irrigation water, and dry storage. LAP is public land located at the Historic Poor Farm which is owned by Johnson County and is developing under a 10-year master plan that includes improvements to the historic, recreation, local food production, and land conservation elements on site.
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.