LE MARS, Iowa — Plymouth County Master Gardeners and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Plymouth County encourage farmers and gardeners to grow a little extra food this year. “Grow A Row for Plymouth County—Backyard Gardeners Fighting Hunger” is a campaign to encourage residents to grow and share extra food in 2021. The campaign is launching now to address food challenges created by COVID-19, as more people are finding themselves needing a little extra help keeping nutritious food on the table. This initiative aims to improve access to fresh vegetables for those using county food pantries.
“The time to act is now. As farmers and gardeners are beginning to plant gardens, now is a perfect time to make plans to plant more to share,” comments Janelle Johnson, County Director, ISU Extension and Outreach, Plymouth County.
“Whether you’re an experienced farmer, or looking to try gardening for the first time, we hope you will join us in growing—and sharing—a little more food this year,” says Johnson.
ISU Extension and Outreach in Plymouth County is spearheading this project with the help of aSNAP-Ed program Growing Together Mini-Grant. The county Master Gardener group will help coordinate collection of donations and distribution of produce.
Anyone interested in growing produce for “Grow A Row for Plymouth County” is invited to call the county extension office or to stop in the office. To learn more about “Grow A Row for Plymouth County,” call Janelle at ISU Extension and Outreach in Le Mars at 712-546-7835. For more information on the Master Gardener program, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/mastergardener.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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