I have decided to make the plunge and follow my dream of running a sustainable urban garden! This is happening in the midst of having my third child, Lewis Jon Quiner, I am creating the new business and couldn’t be more excited about it.  We have had three children in the past four years, so my husband and I realize that we embrace chaos.  That said; why not make life even crazier by starting a new business in the midst of everything else! 

Our family recently bought land in our neighborhood (which is affectionately called the Dogpatch) and I am creating an urban garden that will grow produce and supply local products for the Des Moines community.  We decided to name the garden, “Dogpatch Urban Gardens” in large part because of the neighborhood (I’ll share the neighborhood’s naming origin for a different D.U.G post) but also because of my love of dogs! 

The D.U.G. produce will be available at farmers markets, local restaurants, and with a little luck I will be constructing building a right here on the farm to distribute produce straight from our on site farm stand.

My goal is to make this a destination for residents to come throughout the growing season. I love to talk about gardening, as it has always been a passion of mine, and am happy to welcome you on to the garden any time.

This newest endeavor will be an amazing journey for me as well as my family. I am doing this to create something more for the already amazing community that I live in, but also enrich my family’s values, and create a sense of what life can be like when we work directly for the food that we eat. I can’t wait to see my boys pulling weeds and eating fresh food in the fashion that food was intended to be consumed: straight from the dirt to all of our tables. 

Throughout this journey I will document the process and share with all of you. I am sure there will be ups and downs along the way but I can’t wait to dive in and contribute to the community.  Your support throughout this journey is greatly appreciated!

Stay tuned to learn more about Dogpatch Urban Gardens via the D.U.G. Blog.

Let’s Grow!

Your urban farmHer, Jenny

From Top to Bottom: Oliver 4 - Eric (dad) - Walter 2  - Jenny (mom) - Lewis 1 mos

From Top to Bottom: Oliver 4 - Eric (dad) - Walter 2  - Jenny (mom) - Lewis 1 mos

Monroe and Callie Quiner

Monroe and Callie Quiner

We're located just North of Beaverdale on Meredith in between Beaver and Merle Hay Rd.

We're located just North of Beaverdale on Meredith in between Beaver and Merle Hay Rd.

What real family life is like at the Quiner's.

What real family life is like at the Quiner's.

Here are the boys working with Dad to pull up the sod to make way for the new garden.

Here are the boys working with Dad to pull up the sod to make way for the new garden.