Food brings communities together. That’s one reason Matthew 25 empowers kids and families to grow, eat, and preserve fresh, high-quality food right in their own neighborhoods.

Urban Farms

Matthew 25 has grown more than 30,000 pounds of food in its first-in-Iowa urban farm and school gardens. Everything is grown without pesticides or herbicides. Check out our urban farm or learn more about our school gardens program.

Purchase fresh, nutritious, produce that is grown in the heart of the city using sustainable practices. Learn about ways to buy vegetables from our urban farm.


New Farmer Program

See how Matthew 25 connects recent immigrants with garden space through the Cultivate Hope New Farmer Program.


Food Education

In its first 10 years, Matthew 25 helped more than 1,500 people in the Cedar Rapids area learn about growing healthy food. Discover the wide range of food-related education programs for youth and adults, including summer camps, school garden programs, and more.


  • DATE POSTED October 18, 2017
  • LOCATION Cedar Rapids, IA
  • CATEGORY Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • JOB TYPE Full-Time
  • Interested individuals should email cover letter and resume to


Cultivate Hope is a rapidly expanding program of Matthew 25. Cultivate Hope includes a two acre urban farm education center with a greenhouse, shelter and outdoor classroom as well as production beds. Additional programming includes school gardens, summer camps and resourcing beginning farmers. Matthew 25 seeks a leader who is a dynamic, people-focused and passionate about local foods production and education.

Matthew 25 is a vibrant, growing non-profit organization. Our mission is to empower people to transform neighborhoods and we envision a thriving, connected community where people are valued and talents are multiplied; where neighborhood families have access to safe, affordable housing and healthy food; and where youth are empowered through reading and the creative arts.


Essential Duties:

  • Oversee development of Matthew 25 Urban Farm in a way that generates revenue, is a model of organic, local foods production and education and which is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Organize and carry out educational and community events at the urban farm
  • Develop and monitor budgets and strategic plans.
  • Supervise and develop volunteer support for the farm.
  • Support development of sustainable, local foods educational programs on the farms and at partner schools.
  • Resource beginning farmers and gardeners
  • Develop and maintain organizational partnerships.



  • Three or more consecutive years of experience planning, planting, growing and harvesting a variety of vegetables (i.e. experience in farming and/or operating a farm)
  • Experience in teaching about the natural environment and local foods, preferably within the arena of public education
  • Three or more years of experience in market development and produce sales.
  • Team-centered approach. Willing to learn new skills.
  • Passionate about farming, local foods, food education and food challenges of low-income residents.
  • Enjoys working with volunteers and interacting with the public.
  • Comfortable working within a faith-based organization.
  • Experienced with budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Understands the rhythm of farm life with seasonal variations in hours.