May 252024

Kids in the Garden

The youth group from Covenant Presbyterian Church planted onions on Wednesday evening.

Planting Update

We now have 950 tomato plants growing in the garden. Thanks to the help of students from Waukee High School, most of these plants are also mulched and placed in tomato cages.

We need to make about 300 to 400 more tomato cages to finish work in the tomato patch. If your business, civic, or church group is looking for a service project, here it is!

We are in the process of planting peppers. We have about 150 plants in the ground and hope to have 700+ hot and sweet peppers growing in the garden by the end of the month.

Storm Report
The greenhouse sustained minor damage from the storms this week. We are very thankful that the hail and tornadoes missed the garden.

First Harvest

The first deliveries of cool weather crops started this week.
Totals through May 22, 2024:

Lettuce: 80 pounds
Radishes: 50 pounds
TOTAL: 130 pounds

CFUM (Children and Families Urban Movement): 65 pounds
West Des Moines Human Services: 65 pounds
TOTAL: 130 pounds

Faith + Grace Garden Welcomes New Donation Site – Joppa.
This year we will start making regular produce deliveries to Joppa.

Joppa’s mission is “to create communities of unconditional love, support, and hope for the homeless as we work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness.”

Joppa’s work includes collaborating with community partners, helping homeless people access existing resources, and mobilizing private donations from families, churches, and organizations to fill unmet needs in homeless services, housing, and education.

To learn more about Joppa, visit their website here

Can You Help? We Always Need Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities in May are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No experience necessary. Please sign-up HERE.

Volunteer hours to change on June 1.

Starting June 1, our new volunteer hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Afternoon volunteer hours are available by appointment. Please sign up for morning hours HERE.  Please text Mark Marshall at 515-988-5381 to volunteer in the afternoon.  No experience necessary.
Why sign-up? By signing up, you help us plan to make your volunteer experience more enjoyable. We are also able to notify you in case of a cancellation.
When volunteering in the garden, wear clothes that can get dirty and dress for the weather. Bring garden gloves if you have them; otherwise, we can provide them. We have all the tools you will need.

Thank you for your help!

Large groups volunteer by appointment. School, church, civic, and corporate groups are always welcome in the garden by appointment. Send a message to to learn how volunteering can fit your group’s schedule.

Thank you for reading!

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