We have an embarrassment of riches!
Thanks to our partners we are able to provide Johnson County and the public at large with fresh fruit and vegetables, a connection to our public health history, and a treasure trove of potential.
The Johnson County Historical Society is a private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation. They host free, guided tours of the Asylum Building and Historic Poor Farm grounds upon request.
Please visit their website to schedule a tour.
In 2017, The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District secured a National Association of Conservation Districts’ Urban Conservation Grant. This grant will implement conservation practices and drainage infrastructure on the farm. These efforts are being carried out with the assistance of Continuum Ag, LLC, which conducts twice monthly soil testing to evaluate changes in nutrient availability and soil health. Aerial and ground imagery are used to document the project’s progress.
GROW: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm initiative focused on reducing food insecurity and empowering a new wave of local growers. Roughly four acres is cultivated at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm to grow organic fruits and vegetables that are donated to local hunger-relief agencies and provide hands-on gardening and farming experience for community members of all ages and backgrounds.
The Global Food Project of Johnson County 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. Roughly four acres at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm is used to establish gardening areas for culturally diverse foods.
Johnson County Conservation Department manages natural resources and outdoor recreation areas through the county. Several native prairies, river access areas, and small community parks provide a variety of services in natural resources recreation, and conservation. This department is assisting in the establishment of several conservation practices on the Historic Poor Farm site, including a 13.5 acre pollinator plot.
Iowa Valley RC&D is place-based and uniquely built to address varied local needs and concerns. Our team works to grow local economies, strengthen food systems, foster protection and enhancement of natural resources, and develop awareness for the arts, history, and culture. We have been fortunate to work on the Historic Poor Farm in both the hands-on capacity as farm managers, and in the development of the Master Plan.