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Iowa Gardening for Good is a project created by the Blackmer family focusing on involving volunteers in raising fresh produce for the Food Bank of Iowa and various food pantries.


The "gardening" location is Near Madrid Iowa which is roughly between Ames and Des Moines Iowa.  At that location there are several acres of vegetables produced with the sole purpose of dontating to the Food Bank of Iowa.  There is not other vegetable production for commercial purposes at this site. 


The primary labor source is volunteers coordinated throught the Food Bank of Iowa.  Throughout the growing season, dates are set for volunteers to come help plant, tie up or pick the produce.  Some companies like Walmart, Farm Credit Services, and Principal Financial have organized dates and paid volunteer time for their employees.  Families, college students and many other individuals have also participated.

Blackmer Family

Blackmer Family


The parents are Tracy and Doreen.  Our two daughters are Jessica and Cheryl.  Jessica has recently graduated and moved on..

Produce gets to those in need



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Last Year's Harvest



During the 2014 growing season this project produced over 18,000 lbs of produce for the Food Bank of Iowa..

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