PLANTING A MILE: Group Goes The Distance

We’ve all heard health experts say to eat your fruits and vegetables. But, not everyone has access to a wide variety of locally grown produce.

Volunteers are going the distance this summer to try to change that. Volunteer Marcy Burkhead says, “This whole local food movement is very close to my heart, so I thought it was a worthy project.”

Businesses, farmers and volunteers with Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign are planting a mile to help feed the hungry.  A group planted a mile of produce at the Rinehart Farm in Boone earlier this season. Volunteers recently weeded the crops. The Rinehart family provided half the land. Businesses and individuals raised money for the other half.

In about a month, they’ll harvest potatoes, green beans, watermelon and sweet corn. The food will go to DMARC’s food pantries and the Food Bank of Iowa. This is the first year for the pilot program. But organizers want it to grow. Buy Fresh Buy Local Director Matt Russell says, “If we can go a mile this year, maybe next year we can two miles or a 5K. I don’t know if you’re catching the connection to health and fitness and running, and challenging, that kind of stuff.”

Organizers expect about eighty volunteers to help with the project by the time the season is over.



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