Hunting for treasure in southwest Iowa
Lots to see and do in southwest Iowa, including the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center.
Valentine's Day is coming. Need plans?
Chef Katie is featuring a bacon and apple stuffed pork loin during Valentine's weekend.
Shaggy Mangalitsa pig draws chef's attention
Chef Katie Porter praises the unique qualities of pork produced by this special breed.
WHO-TV: An Iowa's Chef's Dream
How Chef Katie returned to Iowa to provide farm to table meals. Scenes from both WCI locations and how they connect to each other.
C-SPAN: 2014 Cities Tour
A visit to the Country Life Center and the story of three generations of Henry Wallaces.
WOI TV Family to Farm
overview of the Country Life Center, its connection to Henry A. Wallace, and the Real Soil food camp.
Planting for the Future
WCI's Beginning Small Field and Business Apprenticeships
Top-Notch Tailgating - Sept. 2013
Recipe suggestions for ISU-Iowa football game includes one from Chef Katie Routh.
NY Times Frugal Traveler Visits Gathering Table - August 2013
New York Time travel writer Seth Kugel visited the Country Life Center near Orient in August 2013. Praising his farm-fresh meal, he goes on to compare and contrast his Iowa eating experiences.
"People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely." --Henry A. Wallace |
Inspired by the Wallace family legacy, The Wallace Centers of Iowa provides a variety of programs and services to build awareness of local food, sustainable agriculture, and civility. WCI serves both urban and rural communities with locations at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Activities include:
Production and Sale of more than 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables to local grocery stores, farmers markets, and Prairie Harvest Community Supported Agriculture subscribers.
The Gathering Table at the Country Life Center offers dining nearly year-round that utilizes locally-grown food. At the Wallace House in Des Moines, Thursday evening "Food for Thought" dinners combine locally-sourced menus with conversation about food.
Community-Building & Educational Programs:
Real Food camp educates teens about critical food issues such as food insecurity, food safety, and nutrition with a short-term intensive and long-term self-guided project.
Culinary Classes inspire cooks to use fresh, locally produced ingredients and expand their tastes.
Civility Dialogue Lunches gather concerned community members around the table for discussion about civility in our community.
Everyday Civility helps to build civility in the workplace with a two-hour learning session for employees.
Community Conversations facilitate conversation about current issues with community members and local experts.
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas share household tips and issues of the day from the women's section of the historic Wallaces' Farmer farm journal.
Farm-to-Table Dinners showcase in-season produce grown at the Country Life Center in a gourmet menu at the Wallace House.
Garden Workshops offer advice from local and regional experts to both new and experienced gardeners.
Entrepreneurial Food Production Processes and Activities shares practical advice and methods for other producers:
One Step at a Time helps emerging food entrepreneurs develop, test, process, package and market local food products to retail outlets.
Small Farm Field and Business Apprenticeships bridge the gap between a typical internship and independent farming with practical experience managing a medium-sized organic produce production garden.
Community-Building Consulting for neighborhoods, towns, non-profit organizations, and people who share a common interest.
Agri-Tourism Programs, Historic Tours and Archives: Provides information about the achievements of Wallace family members to students, authors, researchers, and the public for reports, articles, books, historical exhibits, and general interest.
Winner of the 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Food for Thought Dinners
Food for Thought combines changing food themes and local experts with locally-sourced meals to spark conversation about food. Order from a changing menu. Reservations are taken for each half hour from 5:30 to 8 pm: 515-243-7063 or email@example.com.
Friday, April 3, 10, 17, & 24
Gathering Table Lunches
Centered around the fresh produce grown in the garden right outside the Gathering Barn near Orient, lunches are offered 11 am to 1 pm. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations suggested for groups. 641-337-5019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 3 & 10, May 1, 8, 15 & 29.
Gathering Table Dinners
Centered around the fresh produce grown on site, dinners are offered 5:30 to 8 pm at the Country Life Center near Orient. New for 2015 are weekly Country Favorite specials such as fried chicken or pork chops. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations recommended. 641-337-5019 or email@example.com.
Closed April 17, April 24 and May 22 for private parties.
Wed., April 8
Leadership & Civility Series
This lunch series invites leadership experts to share insight into effective leadership. Aubrey Alvarez will speak on "Making an Impact through Connections." 11:30 am - 1 pm, $25.
Friday, April 10
Hearts & Homes tea
Welcome spring with this 90-minute program of a three-course lunch, readings and discussion from the historic pages of the Wallaces' Farmer women's column. $22/person. Small groups welcome. Program begins at 11:30 am. Call 515-243-7063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 1
Real Food camp applications due
Any high school student can apply for this fun learning experience taking place July 12-17. Scholarships are available. Find the application form on the home page. Contact Diane Weiland with any questions: email@example.com.
Wed. June 24
Leadership & Civility Series
This lunch series invites leadership experts to share insight into effective leadership. Callista Gould will speak on "Can We Talk? Finding Civility When We Disagree." 11:30 am - 1 pm, $25.
For more details visit our events page.