Past Projects

Gardening Classes

The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition offered free gardening classes during spring 2013. Classes included information on planning, prepping, planting and working the garden as well as understanding the health benefits gardening provides such as exercise and general well-being. Attendees also acquired knowledge about the money saving benefits gardening provides. The second class sessions allowed individuals to understand garden maintenance and harvesting as well as composting, vermiculture and bugs. Healthy recipes and general key ideas were also discussed.

Community Garden

The HCVC focuses on their Fresh Produce Availability theme through the use of community gardens. Read on to find out more about the gardens!

The gardens are located at the HCVC Plot at the Cedar Falls Community Garden on Lincoln Street, Lowell Elementary in Waterloo, at the Women's Self Sufficiency Garden, Lucky Hawks 4-H Plot at the Cedar Falls Community Garden and the UUSBHC-3912 Cedar Heights Drive in Cedar Falls.

The fresh produces is donated to the Food Bank and was used for various programs. People of all ages and from varying socioeconomic statuses--both adults and children--attend the community garden.

To date 542 pounds of produce has been donated-the equivalent of 450 meals!

Film Series

The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition teamed up with the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC), the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and the UNI Sustainability Office for an environmental film series during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Gasland: Seventy people attended this film, the first in the series.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

So Right So Smart: Three local panelists attended to speak following the presentation: Jim Olson of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, Frank Darrah, a mayoral candidate and Jeff Rose, the coordinator for the Materials Innovation Services. Thirty-five individuals attended the film and engaged in the discussion with panelists following the screening.

Living Downstream

The Vanishing of the Bees: Approximately 156 audience members, our biggest audience to date! Panelists Andrew Joseph, Manley Bigalk, Robert Fassbinder and Carl Thurman discussed their experiences with beekeeping and their benefit to society following the film.

The Great Squeeze

Crude Impact

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives

Reel Bad Arabs: Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs--from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists"--along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypical images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.

Power Paths

My Waterloo Days

The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition was present with various booths at the My Waterloo Days event held at the Expo Center in Waterloo last June. It was a very successful event where the coalition was able to get their name out to the community and interact with over 200 participants by providing them with a variety of health services. Some of the services provided included blood pressure and blood sugar readings, as well as body fat index testing. There was also a booth directed towards children that displayed useful and fun gardening and composting activities, ideas, and information. This table also promoted the Waterloo community garden and the local food bank.  The My Waterloo Days event provided the coalition with the opportunity to interact with the community and spread useful health and environmental information to participants in a fun and interactive way.

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