May 042016

On Friday evening, May 6, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a picnic by the garden.

Here’s the schedule:

6 pm or so – Potluck – Bring a side dish or something from the deli. Brats, burgers and a vegetarian black bean enchilada casserole and soft drinks will be provided. There are picnic tables but you might bring a lawn chair, too.

7 pm or so – Gardening or Pollinator Program –.

Time for gardening or learn about the important role of pollinators in the garden. An educator from the Polk County Conservation will be on-hand to conduct this 45 minute program for children and families.

8:30 pm or so – Head Home

Please contact Tim Goldman at 745-9842 or  by 3 pm on Friday if you plan to attend the potluck.

Name that Pollinator Contest: Do you know the name of this native plant?


First correct answer will receive: Plants of the Bible Playing Cards – Email:

Plants of the Bible

Partnership with the  LSI Refugee Community Services Program enters fourth year

Starting on June 9 and running through August 18, refugees from Bhutan will join with local volunteers to tend the Faith & Grace Garden. The refugees will be with us every Thursday morning from 9am – Noon. Our refugees are experienced gardeners who love this community time and have taught us much about their culture, and how to care for the soil.


Regular Garden Volunteer Hours

Mon–Wed–Fri: 6:30pm–8:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-Noon

The Faith & Grace Garden is using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Volunteer Sign-ups.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Tim Goldman 515-745-9842 –
Mark Marshall 515-998-5381 –

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