As a followup to a story we covered earlier this year, Tracy Blackmer has provided the following information about the success going on at Blackmer Farms, and the Iowa Gardening for Good program.


Iowa Gardening for Good has had more than 700 volunteers so far this year. “This past weekend was our highest harvest to date. We had a wide range of local groups/families/individuals helping,” Blackmer said. “I am guessing they picked about 13,000 pounds.”


Probably the largest group of volunteers was from Palestine Lutheran Church of Huxley. “We also some members of Slater United Methodists, (along with) other families and individuals, which totaled more than 50 between Saturday and Sunday,” Blackmer said.


Iowa Gardening for Good grows crops that can be harvested and donated to those in need. From our previous story, Blackmer had said, “Last year, over 30,000 pounds (of fresh produce) were donated to the Food Bank of Iowa, DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) and local food pantries.”


If a group wants to help at the Blackmer farm, they can set up a time with the volunteer coordinator at the Food Bank of Iowa.


Contact can also be made through the Iowa Gardening for Good Facebook page, which includes a calendar of open events, or by sending a note to the Iowa Gardening for Good web page.