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Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a national public service program of Garden Communicators International (formerly the Garden Writers Association of America).  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!
 Often gardeners plant more than they can eat and need somewhere to take their surplus. We have an solution .... donate it to help feed the hungry in our community. 
Plant A Row makes it easy to share the excess. Beginning June 29 and every Monday through October  19, volunteers collect  fresh, clean fruits and vegetables from gardeners  between 7:15 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.

Our Plant-A-Row distribution team is at Reiman Gardens every Monday from 7:15 through 8:30 am to collect produce from gardeners at Reiman Gardens. They sort and distribute the produce to 4 food pantries in the area.

Collection for 2020
Week 10:
Gardeners in the community - 264.1 lbs.
Ames Main Street Farmers' Market -
 Reiman Gardens - 173.0 lbs.
Total this year: 6,218.8 lbs. 
This week we distributed produce to MICA Food Pantry, Primary Health Care, Salvation Army, Food At First and Bethesda Food Pantry. We have also contributed to to Ames Community School Food Service for the Grab-and-Go meals they prepare for families to pick up. 
                                                  Updated: Sept. 8, 2020

PAR volunteer, Susan Wolfe (left).

Meet a few of our Dedicated Gardeners

Susan Wolfe












Susan has been volunteering for PAR for several years and has given countless hours to the program for several years. She helps out in all aspects of the program - collecting donated produce from the farmers market vendors and assisting the distribution team on Monday mornings when they are short staffed.  For the past five years, she has also been one of the generous gardens who grows and donates produce to P AR.  She has a few gardens around Ames that she plants specifically for donation; she calls them the Garden Angel Project. One of these gardens is located near the Unity Church of Ames. Susan says this garden has "Guardian Angels" who live next door to the church who helped plant and care for the garden.  Every year, Susan donates between 500 and 1,000 pounds of produce to Plant-A-Row. 


Jim and Jeanne Roth


The Roth family plants a large garden and have been sharing their harvest with PAR for several years - they have donated literally TONS of  vegetables! Last summer they donated 2,788 pound and this year they are at 2,390 pounds before they deliver their annual pickup truck load of butternut squash.

Roger Ginder

Roger's garden is a testament to the potential bounty a backyard garden in the city  can yield. He grows a wide variety of vegetables and lots of them. Last summer he donated 1,015 pounds to PAR and as of early September, he has already donated 1,197 pounds!


Many thanks to these gardeners and others who share their produce with us so that we can help feed our community. 

We also want to thank the Reiman Gardens staff for donating the produce grown there with PAR. 



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