This past Friday, Dogpatch Urban Gardens was a sponsor for the Sustainable Sweetheart event hosted by Urban Ambassadors.  My husband and I were both able to attend and represent DUG.  We had so much fun and really enjoyed getting to know other people in the community who are also focused on sustainability.  

If you are new to the Urban Ambassadors I highly recommend you check them out.  They are a non-profit organization and their mission is, “Planting the seeds of sustainability for a greener greater Des Moines.  We help you clarify your sustainability goals, connect you with local resources, and make a positive impact in your community for a healthier planet.”  Take some time to explore their website to gain a better understanding of what the UA’s are all about.  

While at the event we were able to connect with some local businesses that are doing great things in the Des Moines area, and I wanted to share some of them with you (you can click on the company name to go to their websites):

BRAISED Bone Broth Company - Kate Brown is the founder of BRAISED and she was our neighbor table sponsor.  It was great getting to know Kate and her family.  Kate uses organic and local products to create a flavorful bone broth that is loaded with nutrition.  Her passion for the bone broth she creates is very obvious and you have to check out this product!  I loved sipping on the broth during the Sustainable Sweetheart event, and we even added DUG microgreens to the broth!  Be sure to read through their website to learn more about this amazing product:   

Fresh Cafe & Market - My husband and I really enjoyed meeting the owners of Fresh Cafe & Market.  Kerri Rush (aka the Wheatgrass girl) is very passionate about providing fresh, local, and organic food/drink options to the Des Moines community.  If you frequent the Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market you have probably seen their set up right in front of Mickey’s Irish Pub.  The cafe is located in the YMCA Healthy Living Center (12493 University Ave) and you do not have to be a member of the Y to enjoy their goodies! 

Plant Life Designs - Plant Life Designs’ slogan is, “Live among your plants.” Owner Tara Dudley has a background in both horticulture and design and uses her knowledge for landscape design, hardscapes, containers, floral arrangements, wreaths, and she will even help with weddings!  Browse through her photos on Facebook and you will be blown away by the things Tara creates!

Recycle Me Iowa  - We  were table neighbors with Recycling Ranger, Matt Becke, from Recycle Me Iowa.  He is a great guy and very passionate about providing affordable and convenient recycling programs and services to the Des Moines area.  If your home and/or work place does not have a recycling service definitely look into using RMI.

Be sure to check out these great organizations and help support those in the community that are working to make Des Moines a more sustainable place!

Love to all as Valentines Day is right around the corner!

Your Urban FarmHer, Jenny.