WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee helped create a community garden that provides free plots for those in need of food assistance.
The Amos Hiatt Community Garden, launched last month on a lot adjacent to the Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines, has 24 plots measuring 10 by 14 feet each.
The garden is located in a low-income neighborhood; every student at the middle school is eligible for the free lunch program and the student body has a comparatively high number of students from immigrant families, according to published reports. Families with students that attend the school can use a plot to grow fresh food.
The students helped plant vegetables in some of the plots under the direction of Jerry Kluver, a Hy-Vee garden manager and star of a local gardening television show called “Hy-Vee Get Growing.” Kluver coached students about how to properly plant pumpkin, bean lettuce and radish seedlings.
Other sponsors include Lowe’s and Drake University Students in Free Enterprise, a service agency.