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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.

PAR volunteer, Susan Wolfe (left).

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 29 and every Monday through October  19, volunteers will be collecting  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 29.  We will not be collecting on July 6 or Labor Day weekend.!
PAR Volunteer Highlight

Susan Wolfe is one of our dedicated volunteers who 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.      

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

Collection for 2020
Week 6:
Gardeners in the community - 608.3 lbs.
Ames Main Street Farmers' Market - 126.9 lbs.
 Reiman Gardens - 150 lbs.
Total this year: 2,589.5 lbs. 
This week we distributed produce to MICA Food Pantry, Primary HealthCare, Salvation Army, Food At First and to Ames High School Food Service for the Grab-and-Go meals they prepare for families to pick up. 
                                                  Updated: Aug.  5, 2020


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