CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (November 15, 2023) — The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) is hosting a brand-new program, What’s Before Dinner: Black Agricultural Fair. The program will take place on Sunday, November 19, 1-4:30PM, at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Using fresh and local produce helps both our planet and our plates, but how do we make that happen? Learn more about Iowa’s Black farmers who are leading this charge, check out ways to grow your own herbs in the winter, and explore ways to eat more sustainably. Program partners and vendors include Black Earth Gardens, the ISU Master Gardeners, Matthew 25, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Southern Goods Farm, and more.

While the USDA reports a total of 84,900 farms in Iowa, approximately only 72 of them are Black-owned (0.08%). The African American Museum of Iowa is excited to team up with Black farmers and agricultural organizations to showcase some of the amazing work they are doing to provide eastern Iowa with local, culturally-relevant, and fresh food. Meet some of our area farmers, learn about ways you can start your own gardens in the winter, and take home some seeds.

Thank you to event partners: Indian Creek Nature Center, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Matthew 25, and Feed Iowa First for helping make this event possible.

About AAMI:

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs, and community and fundraising events.

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