Organizations Fighting Hunger
Agape Garden at Ankeny First United Methodist Church is an ecumenical faith garden that donates produce to the DMARC Food Warehouse, the Ankeny Food Pantry, Lutheran Church of Hope (North Branch in Ankeny), Bethel Mission in Des Moines, Door of Faith Mission in Des Moines, and Trinity Methodist Church in Des Moines. Volunteer gardeners do all of the gardening and delivery to area food pantries.
Over 20,000lbs of fruits and vegetables are produced and donated each year, which is due to the installation a deer-proof fence that increased yields to record levels. In 2014, their 12 tree orchard began to produce apples, pears and plums, and they began growing their own seedlings.They are also have built a 500 gallon rain barrel and irrigation project and are working on building a rain garden in the wetland portion of the garden. They also added a tractor with updated implements and a raised bed mulch layer and drip irrigation. They have donated over 100,000 lbs of produce altogether.
How to Help:
Agape Garden is always in need of donations and volunteers to help plant, grow and harvest fruit and vegetables. During the growing season, volunteer gardeners gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6PM until dark and on Saturday mornings from 8 AM until noon. The garden is open to volunteers other hours upon request. Agape Garden is an ecumenical faith garden that welcomes collaboration with other churches. Interested people should contact Agape Garden directly to sign up to volunteer or to explore partnerships with their faith community.
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