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Lyon County Extension wins grant for garden

By Staff | Apr 20, 2016

ROCK RAPIDS (ISU) – Lyon County Extension was recently awarded one of Iowa State University’s Master Gardener grants with the primary focus of increasing access to healthy foods for families experiencing poverty.

Throughout Iowa, 25 grants were awarded totaling $20,000 with the funding coming from the United States Department of Agriculture’s SNAP-Ed program.

“We applied for just over $900 to be used to help us track pounds of garden produce grown and distributed to local food pantries,” said Margaret Murphy, ISU Extension horticulture educator. “We were very excited to learn that we were awarded $915 to do this.”

Rock Rapids is home to one of ISU Extension’s seven demonstration gardens that are taking part in the challenge of growing a pantry garden this year.

The produce grown will be donated to local food pantries throughout Lyon, O’Brien, Sioux and Osceola counties.

“If the garden produces like it has in past years, we will have plenty of produce to share with area food pantries,” Murphy said. “We have already been in touch with several food pantries and look forward to donating fresh vegetables.”

Local Master Gardeners and Extension staff members are currently in the process of readying the garden for spring planting.

Individuals and organizations may volunteer to help with harvest or distribution by contact Murphy at (712) 472-2576 or mmurphy@iastate.edu.

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