Growing to Fight Hunger

Iowa Master Gardeners are gearing up to fight hunger in 2016. At least 1 in 8 Iowans are food insecure. Master Gardeners can do their part to increase food security by growing food, connecting gardens to food banks, and teaching families experiencing poverty about growing their own produce.


 


In 2016, demonstration gardens on the ISU research farms will be growing varieties of vegetables that are well-suited for donations to food pantries. Master Gardener volunteers near these sites can lend a hand to harvest produce and take it to nearby food pantries. Participating demonstration gardens are in Armstrong, Gilbert, Rock Rapids, Kanawha, Muscatine, Crawfordsville, and Nashua.


 


The winter webinar series will focus on hunger in Iowa and how Master Gardeners can help alleviate the problem. Also, mini-grants will be available next spring to assist in funding local projects. Watch for more details in future Master Gardener newsletters or contact mgardener@iastate.edu


 

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