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Ottumwa

April 9, 2013

Beating hunger through community gardens

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ISU Extension Wapello County horticulture program assistant Stacie Latham and family nutrition and health program specialist Barb Anderson said their goal is to incorporate education into the gardens.

"Hopefully our project can serve as an outlet for all the great food products that are going to grow, as well as being an education space," said Heather Ware, director of the new Market on Main that is slated to open in the spring. "We can show the community how to put these topics into action in their own lives."

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist Lori Altheide said her job is to "help people help the land."

One way to do this is through EQIP, or Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which is available to all eligible ag producers to help them create seasonal high tunnels. The tunnels act as a greenhouse to extend the growing season.

The next garden project meeting will be held at 10 a.m. April 15 at the United Way of Wapello County, 224 E. Second St.

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