Local Wonders Night

March 5, 2014 in Events

Date/Time: Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 6:00 pm-9:00PM
Location: The Octagon Arts Center, 427 Douglas Ave
Cost: Dish of Food to Share and Donation ($5 ~ $20)
More: Potluck, Grant Proposals, Rap for Food performance!



Sandor Katz ISU Lecture–Jan. 22nd, Wed. @ 8PM

January 14, 2014 in Events


Date/Time: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 at 8:00 pm
Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union
Cost: Free
More: Books for sale and signing afterward!



Sandor Ellix Katz is the author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods. He demystifies the process of fermentation and shares the history, health benefits and cultural significance of this preservation method.

August 17, 2013 in Events

Sawyer School Garden
4316 Ontario St.
Sawyer Community Garden was founded in 2012 as a partnership between the Volunteer Center of Story County, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, and the Ames Community School District. The garden is used as a community space, outdoor classroom, and as a source of delicious healthy foods. Our first annual Sawyer School Farmers Market drew over 300 people! Students’ favorite crops include tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon and sunflowers. The produce we grow goes to volunteers and students as well as to local food banks.



Edible Garden Spotlight

August 14, 2013 in Events


Beloit-Bethesda Learning Garden
1323 Northwestern Ave.

The Beloit-Bethesda Learning Garden was established in 2010 as a partnership between LSI, Bethesda Lutheran Church, the USDA, and the Master Gardeners of Story County. The garden provides family-friendly fresh produce for the children who live on our Beloit campus as well a learning piece on how food can be grown locally using sustainable practices. Additionally, the garden gives produce to the food pantry maintained by Bethesda Lutheran Church.


Edible Garden Spotlight

August 13, 2013 in Events

Meet Beyoncé

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Carlton Basmajian & Paola Sepulveda
609 Stanton Ave.
Destiny’s Child lives in our backyard. We have retrofitted an outdoor shed for our three, six-month old hens, Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle. Their coop includes a unique peck-at-will water line to keep the girls hydrated while keeping their water dirt- and poop-free, a small heat lamp, and a hanging feeder. They spend most of their days occupying the backyard, eating grass, bugs, worms, and their favorite, hosta leaves.


Edible Garden Spotlight

August 12, 2013 in Events

Food at First Garden
Trinity Christian Reformed Church
3626 Ontario St.

The garden project began earlier this year as an extension of Food At First’s mission to feed the hungry by collecting and redistributing food items to those in need and to provide free nightly meals every day of the week, all with no questions asked. The garden is a collaboration between Trinity Christian Reformed Chruch, community members, Food at First volunteers, and Iowa State Sustainable Agriculture students. Together these individuals manage and maintain the garden. All of the food grown here is donated to Food at First’s free meal program or to their food pantry.


Ames Edible Garden Tour

August 10, 2013 in Events

We just added Helen Gunderson’s large garden to the tour… Don’t miss this stop:

Helen Gunderson, 1622 & 1626 Burnett

This is not your mother’s (nor your father’s) row crop garden… When Helen Gunderson moved to 1626 Burnett in 2006 the 15,400 square feet lot had refined turf taking up most of the landscape. Now the lot has hardly any turf, and what exists is not refined. Instead, there is a diversified, food-growing landscape that Helen has developed, loosely following permaculture principles and using lasagna beds reducing the need to use gas to till the soil. This year, she purchased the lot at 1622 Burnett, where ISU agronomy grad student Adam Bossard, is expanding her urban farm. Helen has five laying hens, berries (aronia, gooseberry, and raspberries), apple and hazelnut trees, two rain gardens, a prairie patch, compost bins, and rain barrels.

Ames Edible Garden Tour – Saturday, September 7th, 12-4pm

August 9, 2013 in Events

Please join us for the 2013 Ames Edible Garden Tour! 

The Ames Edible Garden Tour offers a snapshot of the diversity of Ames’s urban gardens, including vegetable, fruit, flower, herb – and yes, chicken – production.  Stops at more than a dozen host gardens will help take expert gardeners to a new level and will show novice gardeners what they can do with limited space and resources.   

Garden hosts will receive tour participants from 12-4pm on Saturday.  Feel free to drop by participating gardens, join a group bike tour, or attend one of the scheduled demonstrations (details on demonstrations and bike tour coming soon).  


Ames host gardens and gardeners featured on the tour include:


Andy Larson, 1228 Orchard Dr.

Vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, berries, chickens, hops.


The Food at First Garden with Gabrielle Roesch, 3626 Ontario St.

Vegetables, herbs, berries, fruit trees.


Ethy and Steven Cannon, 1312 Ridgewood Ave.

Vegetables, herbs, berries, fruit trees, prairie plantings.


Drake Larson and Sarah Hargreaves, 1123 Harding Ave.

Vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers; habitat.


John and Helen Olson, previously listed, will not be able to participate in the tour.


Matt Liebman, 615 11th St.

Vegetables, herbs, berries, fruit trees, flowers.


Lutheran Services in Iowa (Beloit) with Shannon Creger, 1323 Northwestern Ave.

Vegetables, herbs, berries.


Sawyer School Garden with Shellie Orngard, 4316 Ontario St.

Vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers.  


Tom Jordan, 1938 Stevenson Dr. 

Vegetables, herbs, berries, fruit trees, flowers.


Carlton Basmajian, 609 Stanton Ave.



City of Ames Community Garden, S. Maple and S. 4th 

Vegetables, herbs, flowers.  Selected plots only.


Iowa State University Student Organic Farm, Insectary, Pammel Dr.

Vegetables, herbs, flowers. 


Helen Gunderson, 1622 & 1626 Burnett. 

Fruit trees, nut trees, berries, vegetables, herbs, chicken.


The Ames Edible Garden Tour is brought to you by ISU’s Sustainable Agriculture Student Association, AgArts, the Community and Regional Planning Graduate Club, and the Ames Community Garden Coalition.  The tour is free and open to the public.  Please note that host gardeners are not prepared to accommodate tour participants within their homes.


Check in soon for more details about what’s growing at the host gardens, the bike tour, and demonstrations. 





AgArts Potluck and Local Wonders Grant Night Location Changed to 702 Clark Ave.

April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

the Orange Gentleman House

at 702 Clark Ave. (near Fairway)

Giant Orange house.

May have loud music.

May win $500 to fund whatever you want.

May meet someone to date.

Best food ever.

May meet Iowa’s Poet Laureate.

Dog hair permitted:)


April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

6:30 P.M.


AgArts–the student organization that explores the intersection of arts
and agriculture–will have a potluck and grant opportunity in about three
weeks on the evening of Saturday, April 20th. Our adviser is Mary Swander
the Poet Laurette of Iowa. Every year we have this open-to-the-public and
community potluck/fundraising event where we share food and then listen and
vote on grant proposals.

The way it works is that folks come to the potluck with food to share as
well as give a $10 (student) to $20 (regular) gift. The amount raised goes
into a basket. After dinner, everyone who attends the potluck listens to
grant proposals. Everyone attending votes on whose project we should
support. The person whose grant gets the most votes receives the monies in
the basket to invest in their project.

AgArts Local Wonders Grant

The grant proposals should focus on local impact. For example, there’s been
funding for a collection of aprons from women around the state and an
exhibition with these women’s stories called Apron Strings. More recently,
a Slow Food and Music Festival was sponsored for Mustard Seed Farm.

I’m e-mailing the one-page form. Folks interested must have this completed
by the potluck. They’ll read their 500-word proposal for the project.

Please consider writing up a proposal, sharing this with folks who have a
local project they need help funding, and mark your calendars for Saturday,
April 20th at 6:30PM. We’re meet at the Social Hall of First Church on the
corner of 6th Street and Kellogg Street downtown. Parking is free after
6PM. There are plates and silverware. Bring a friend, food to share, and
your gift to help fund the grant.