September 12, 2016

I love watching the life in a garden. Small white butterflies float from blossom to blossom,

ignoring the impatient buzz of the bees. Toads hop between our plants as the occasional robin

swoops down to pluck up a worm. Come night time, the air is alive with the racket of...

August 22, 2016

For the crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon salt

2⁄3 cup butter or 2⁄3 cup shortening softened

5-7 tablespoons cold water


Put flour into a mixing bowl with the butter. HACK: if butter is still hard, place in microwave for 10-12 s...

August 15, 2016

Farmers are often forced to develop patience and adopt a hopeful attitude towards the future, trusting that seeds sown  or techniques practiced today will benefit the farmer and the land in the future. We are so thankful to currently be reaping a harvest that is both d...

July 10, 2016


Kaley is the Alliance Gardens manager and IWU Sustainability Coordinator. Her tool-of-choice in the garden is the hand fork. Hailing from Bloomington, IL, Kaley graduated from IWU in 2014 with a BS in Biology/Premed and International Community Developmen...

June 27, 2016

Puerto Rico is an island full of rich soil, abundant wildlife, and vibrant people. The island has a rich agricultural traditions originating from its first inhabitants, the Taino Indians. Ginger, coffee, sugar, cassava, and banana plantations once covered the mountaino...

June 17, 2016

How delightful that word sounds after a full week of work.  With manager Kaley gone in Puerto Rico, soaking up rays and teaching on agriculture, we have worked extensively to complete her lengthy to-do list and thus secure ourselves the Promised Pizza Dinner.  After we...

June 9, 2016

In October, five previous garden managers and interns went to Richwood, West Virginia to conduct an environmental scan. The closing of the city’s only grocery store, Foodland, caused the population of 2,000 to reach out for external help. With the Dollar General and sc...

May 31, 2016


    The secret to a happy, prolific garden is healthy soil. A healthy teaspoon of soil teams with life as it can contain more than 1 billion soil organisms. It contains nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that are necessary for growth...

May 15, 2016

It was quite an eventful weekend-- this was the weekend of the harvest party, and we’re pleased to report that over 100 people were in attendance :) 

These past few weeks have been pretty amazing. We had some hot days a few weeks ago, which was great news for our Mala...

October 22, 2015


Garden ministry. Sounds like a perfect job, if you ask me. And last weekend, we were able to use our background in gardening to serve a community.


Last Friday, Kayla, Robbie, Ashley and I met up with Zach in Cinci, and then from there we continued SE until we got to S...

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