Our Mission:

Our Mission: To enable individuals and communities to take an active part in the cultivation of systems that provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, herbs and other yields, in a way that benefits themselves, cares for the land and environment, and provides a surplus to use, share and reinvest into the system.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Another Fun Event!

Pickin' and Grinin'

What a great turnout for this years Seed Exchange!

Thank you to Cherry Glen Learning Farm for providing the venue
Matt and Randy brought their special blend of Iowa Bluegrass!
The Iowa Food Cooperative was also on hand to share information and local chips and salsa, YUM!

Ellen Sattler presented her "Ready Set Grow" seed starting program.  She also provided soil and pots for attendees to start their own seeds right away!  Thanks Ellen! 
An enthusiastic audience for "Ready, Set, Grow"

A new thing added this year was our "live" networked events around the Midwest.

Viewing on my phone (technical difficulties) the Big Screen next year :)
Scott Haase shared from his Cob Building Workshop held at Blue Dirt Farm in Minnesota!  All reports are that this was a stellar event!
"Cob Workshop to Seed Exchange, Come in, Over!"

Mixing Cob
We also got a "live" personalized tour via Google Hangouts of the Marion Ohio park that is being transformed into a into an "Edible Forest and Community Gardens" using Permaculture principles and techniques. 
A Big Thanks to Steve Harbolt of the OhioGSD crew, too!


 Read more about this great project here -

Other guests you might have gotten to chat with include Forest Avenue OutreachFauxboo Creations, Nine Square Feet and Autumn's Garden.

Thank you to everyone that made the drive out to Polk City and shared their time, gifts and seeds!

Have a great week and Best of Luck this upcoming growing season!!!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Ready, Set, Grow!" at the Seed Exchange

This year's Seed Exchange will host Ellen Sattler, who will present a short program on seed starting.

Is your starting rack ready? Or are you going straight into the ground?

Ellen is a 9th year Polk County 4-H member and throughout those years she has developed a passion for Horticulture. She has put together what she has learned into a presentation called “Ready, Set, Grow!” the steps to starting your own seeds.

Ellen teaching students at Crestview School of Inquiry

Plants starts
Transplanting with students at Children and Families Urban Movement

Each year just gets better and better!
Let us know you are coming, RSVP here

Leave a comment or post a message with anything special you are looking for,
or if you are bringing something special to share!!!
Read more about the 2017 Seed Exchange Super Party here

See you next weekend  ...the first weekend of SPRING!!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seed Exchange Musical Guests

I'm excited to announce that Matthew "Sweet Tater" TeRonde will be returning to this years Seed Exchange with his multi-instrument talents along with friend Randy Gibson on banjo for some good ol' pickin' and grinnin' music and fun!

RSVP here

Read more about the 2017 Seed Exchange Super Party here

Monday, March 13, 2017

Home Show Recap

What a great weekend to hide form the snow and visit a tropical retreat right here in Des Moines, Iowa.  The icy winds, wintery mix and snow were forgotten a bit as you entered Hy-Vee Hall.

As mentioned last week Abundant Design spent the week working with The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity's ReStore on one of this year's Feature Gardens at the Home and Outdoor Living Show.

Abundant Design's "Fire pit" is always a hit at these events!
Our partnership created a Shipping Container BBQ Shack with moveable outdoor kitchen island, complete with an "herb spiral" close at hand...
Herb spirals are ingenious features that combine multiple growing zones or environments into a small area.  These structures are easily maintained, resilient and attractive.  The hardscape, often upcycled materials, helps hold aggressive herbs within their boundaries.  Positioned close to your kitchen, these specialty plantings provide the freshest herbs you can get! 

The gathering space had a tropical beach feel with bright colors, sand, tropical canna lilies and lemongrass. 

The water feature was a new addition missing from last year's show that provided the soothing sounds of running water, as well as a place to grow Chinese Water Chestnuts, and native wetland edibles like cattail and arrowhead.

Corner "food forest" with apple, serviceberry, currants and more along with a stepper path

Thanks to all the people who stopped and visited with us about the ReStore, Habitat for Humanity and Abundant Design.

Don't forget the Seed Exchange is right around the corner too!

RSVP early for all the updates and announcements!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

2017 Des Moines Home+Outdoor Living Show

Next weekend head down to the Iowa Events Center for the Des Moines Home+Outdoor Living Show.

Abundant Design has been working with The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity's ReStore on one of this year's Feature Gardens. 

The ReStore sells new and used home improvement materials to the public at discounted prices. When you shop, all the proceeds from the ReStore benefit the mission of GDM Habitat to build more homes, communities, and hope right here in the Des Moines area.

This vegetable garden used upcylced bricks from the ReStore for edging
and kept them from being sent to the landfill!  Read more...

Habitat's Studio in a Box from the
DSM Home and Garden Show
Shipping Containers are one of the latest trends in architecture and "upcycling".  From Tiny Houses to Shopping Malls the uses for the repurposed items seem limited only by the imagination

For the Home+Outdoor Living Show, the ReStore will display a Backyard BBQ Shack built from a converted shipping container. This would make a great place to eat, socialize and more in your backyard retreat. 

Look for Abundant Design's touch in the feature garden with culinary herbs close by the cooking area, tasty and healthy desserts growing nearby, and more within this trendy gathering space.

See you next weekend!

The Spring season is really ramping up!  Don't wait if you would like an Abundant Design for your backyard gathering space and more.  Contact us today!