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Grow Another Row Cass County Invites Gardeners to Grow Food to Share in 2021

Grow Another Row Cass County invites local farmers and gardeners to plant a few more rows of produce to share this year.

According to ISU Extension, the 13 best produce donations are: tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini, potatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, melons, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots,
and beans. The Grow Another Row leadership team requests additional potatoes, carrots, melons, and green beans because these were the items that were in highest demand last year, and the team knows these items will get used in Cass County.

Grow Another Row Cass County is a Healthy Cass County campaign started in 2020 by a group of local growers to encourage residents to grow and share more food. After a successful first year with lots of positive feedback from people who enjoyed produce, the planning team is excited to continue the project in 2021.

“We know some folks are already planting seeds in greenhouses and others will start gardens later,” commented leadership team member Emily Paulsen of Brun Ko Farm. “We invite any grower—big or small, seasoned or green–to join us.” Emily noted, “You don’t have to sign up for the email newsletter to participate in the program, but you might want to.” Growers can sign up for the Grow Another Row newsletter by emailing Cass County Wellness Coordinator Brigham Hoegh at bhoegh@iastate.edu or visiting https://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/content/grow-another-rowcass- county.

Grow Another Row is seeking a Program Coordinator for 2021. This temporary position is made possible through AmeriCorps funding. The coordinator will manage produce donations and distributions throughout Cass County. Cass County ISU Extension is seeking to fill the position immediately. Interested individuals should visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/cass/ for more information and to apply.

Grow Another Row Cass County 2021 donation sites are being finalized and will be publicized at a later date, but Cass County food pantries are sure to be included in the line-up.

Cass County Food Pantry Information:

Anita Food Pantry:
Phone: (712) 762-3645
Address: 208 Chestnut St, Anita, IA 50020
Hours: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9:00am – 11:00am
Produce donations: Tracey Lett (712)249-4996
Monetary donations: mail checks to “Anita Food Pantry” (PO Box
96, Anita, IA 50020)

Atlantic Food Pantry:
Address: 19 W. 4th St., Atlantic, IA 50022
Hours: Thurs., drive-through 1:00pm – 2:00pm (or until line
ends)
Produce Donations: Pre-bagged produce requested. Contact:
(712)243-1820
Monetary Donations: mail checks to “Atlantic Food Pantry” (19 W
4th Street. Atlantic, IA 50022)

Cumberland Care & Share Pantry:
Phone: (712) 774-5818
Address: 317 Monroe St, Cumberland, IA 50843
Hours: 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Produce Donations: contact (712) 774-5818
Monetary Donations: mail checks to “Cumberland Care & Share”
(317 Monroe St, Cumberland, IA 50843)

Lord’s Cupboard of Griswold:
Phone: (712) 778-4178
Address: 100 Cass St., Griswold, IA 51535
Hours: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Produce Donations: contact (712) 778-4178
Monetary Donations: mail checks to “The Lord’s Cupboard” (55546
Wichita Rd. Griswold, IA 51535)

For information on Cass County food pantries, farmers markets, and other locally-driven food initiatives, follow the Cass County Local Food Policy Council on Facebook @CassCountyLocalFood.

Healthy Cass County is a community-focused volunteer network formed to promote the health and well-being of Cass County residents. Follow Healthy Cass County on Facebook @HealthyCassCounty (https://www.facebook.com/HealthyCassCounty/). Reach out to Cass County Wellness Coordinator Brigham Hoegh at bhoegh@iastate.edu or call 712-249-5870 for more information.