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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.

The 2019 Collection Season
We are now collecting  fresh, clean fruits and vegetables from gardeners  on Mondays, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.,  at the Maintenance Building at Reiman Gardens and continue through October 21.  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 beginning July 29.  We will not be collecting on Labor Day weekend. us meet our goal of 9,000 pounds! Last year we collected  9083 pounds and distributed it to five agencies that serve the hungry in Story County.

We appreciate all of the wonderful produce donated by vendors at the North Grand Farmers Market, gardeners in the community, Angel Gardens, and the Reiman Gardens.

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.

Amount Donated Since June 24

Donations to date:

North Grand Farmers Market: 481 lbs.

Reiman Gardens: 1,592 lbs.

Gardeners in the Community: 4,656 lbs.


Total for season: 6,729 lbs.

                               updated October 14, 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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