Story PAR

Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a national public service program of the Garden Writers Association and the GWA Foundation.Since 1995, over 20 million pounds of produce providing over 80 million meals have been donated by American gardeners. All of this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape - just people helping people. For more information on the national program, CLICK HERE.

The 2020 Season is Here!
Planting season is finally here. Gardeners are putting seeds and plants in the soil in hopes that there will be ample rain and sunshine for a good crop. Often gardeners plant more than they can eat and don't like to waste food. We have an answer for you .... donate to help feed the hungry in our community.  Plant A Row makes it easy for you to share your bounty. Beginning June 22 and every Monday through October  19, volunteers will be collecting  fresh, clean fruits and vegetables from gardeners  between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the Maintenance Building at Reiman Gardens.  If you can't  make it at that time you are welcome to drop it off at the front desk at Reiman Gardens any time during open hours on Saturdays and Sundays 29.  We will not be collecting on July 6 or Labor Day weekend.!

Every Monday morning during the PAR season you will find these dedicated volunteers loading and distributing between 500 and 1,000 pounds of produce to our partner agencies.  They handled over 4 tons of produce last year! Thanks to this team for all of their work and heavy lifting!

From left to right: Sharon Haugen, Sally Petersen, Jan Haugen, and Chuck and Carolyn Jon.

7,010 pounds of produce was donated and distributed in 2019

Thank you Wheatsfield!


Story Plant-A Row for the Hungry has wonderful partners within the Ames Community.  One partner, Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery Store 413 Northwestern Avenue in Ames, offered their Co-op Nickel program funds and a designated "GIVE BACK THURSDAY", for PAR.  For each reusable bag used at the cash registers, shoppers receive a Co-op Nickel. This nickel can either be deducted from the transaction total or be donated to the monthly organization.  Proceeds go to purchase additional produce early in the season from Farmers Market vendors and supports the operation of PAR.


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