Clarksville flipping flooded home properties into community gardens

Clarksville, Iowa – Clarksville is using a piece of Mother Nature’s destruction and flipping into a piece of Mother Nature’s beauty.

Mayor Val Swinton tells North Iowa News, the city council passed an ordinance allowing for construction of community gardens on one of the eight lots where flood waters damaged home.


Earlier this year, FEMA purchased and destroyed eight lots and after demolition, the lots remain bare.

The Jackson Lucky Clover’s 4-H Club engineered the idea to create, sell and promote the gardens.

There are 18, 16’ by 16’ lots available for a $25 fee and a $25 deposit.

Swinton says they’re making the most of what’s left.


As for the other seven lots, he says the city is currently brainstorming ideas.


If you’re interested in a lot, call city hall


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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