Volunteers help prepare produce at Sheldahl area farm

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times
Volunteers help prepare produce at Sheldahl area farm

Last Friday, Monsanto provided over 50 volunteers to help pick and support a vegetable garden that supports the Food Bank of Iowa. The army of volunteers were wearing orange shirts that looked like a search and rescue crew, but were, in fact, volunteering at the Gardening for Good farm just west of Sheldahl. The orange shirts displayed the phrase “Giving Back,” and their actions did just that.

The volunteers were from Monsanto facilities in Grinnell and Williamsburg. They picked over 1,100 pounds of fresh produce, tied tomatoes, planted fall garden items, helped weed where needed and did whatever was necessary that day to support the seven acres of vegetables. All vegetables grown are delivered to the Food Bank of Iowa, which distributes to local food pantries and other qualifying outlets.

Tracy Blackmer, who manages the Gardening for Good Farm, said, “It was especially nice to have so many volunteers work so hard that have ag experience. I wish I had before-and-after pictures to document the impact of all their labor.”

The Gardening for Good Farm has had close to 300 different volunteers this year. Last year, the project provided over 18,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Food Bank of Iowa and are on pace to triple that amount this year. If you would like to volunteer, contact Tracy at tmblackmer@gmail.com or phone 515-685-4042.