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What We Do

GROWING A COMMUNITY “Growing Community One Seed at a Time” happens through building long-term relationships via shared experiences in urban agriculture, youth programming, and community outreach events. Urban Agriculture is reintegrating food production, preservation, and preparation into the lives of city dwellers.  Community gardens, community orchards, beekeeping, community classes, and more bring the green back […]
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Board of Directors

Meet the Forest Avenue Outreach board members who help make this organization possible! Ben Spellman, President. A jack of all trades, Ben is well known as a yoga instructor with all the good vibes. Emmett Phillips, Co-Vice-President. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing FAO programming in action through my work with Children and Family Urban […]
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Beginnings

Where It Started Forest Ave Outreach began in September 2012 after Ralph and Rebecca Chiodo returned to Des Moines, IA, to live as urban domestic missionaries. Combining a love for nature and sustainability practices with producing and preserving healthy food with a desire to be used by God to share His love with all people, […]
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Mission Statement

Our Mission is to “Grow Our Community, One Seed at a Time” We live this out through building long-term relationships, educating and empowering individuals, providing opportunities for service within the community, and meeting basic needs. We are lead to caring for the whole of the community particularly through sustainability practices which preserve, restore, and/or protect the […]
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