May 092024

More Than 100,000 Vegetables Starter Plants Have Been Given to our Neighbors

Thank you to all who participated in the vegetable plant giveaway —more than 100,000 plants were given to home gardeners last month.  That’s not a typo – 100,000!!!! We wish you a bountiful year in your garden! And remember to plant an extra row to feed hungry people by donating some of your produce to your local food pantry.

Planting Update

The Faith & Grace Garden is now humming with planting activity. So far, we have finished planting potatoes, peas, shallots and onions and lettuce. We are in the process of planting cabbage. We plan to have 2,000-3,000 cabbages planted by the end of May. Tomato planting will also start in the next week or so.

The Faith & Grace Garden received about 2 inches of rain on Monday night. Thanks to the large amount of organic material worked into our soil, the garden handles rain like a sponge. Rainwater tends to sink deep. We are in the garden planting most days and really appreciate your volunteer help!

Can You Help? We Always Need Volunteers

Plenty of volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. No experience necessary. Please sign-up HERE.

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 the tools you will need.

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 about volunteering as fits your group’s schedule. Thank you for your help!

Faith + Grace Garden 1020 24th St West Des Moines, IA 50266-2107 USA

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