Here’s an update about the great happenings at Blackmer Farms’ Iowa Gardening for Good…

Iowa Gardening for Good had a grower couple in Story County (Leonard and Sue Larson of Cambridge) that donated an acre to sweet corn that was donated to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Beck’s Seed donated the seed and volunteers picked over 7,000 pounds.

Last week, Iowa Gardening for Good had eight different groups help pick produce, and the farm delivered over 15,000 pounds of produce to the Food Bank of Iowa.

The groups who volunteered included Farm Credit Services, Nationwide, Ankeny Kids Camp, St. Cecilia church group from Ames, Prairie Ridge Church of Ankeny, Waukee Parks and Rec, Orchard Place and one group of local individuals that responded to a call to action to pick sweet corn.

We set two new records last week.

One was the most peppers picked in one day. Volunteers from Farm Credit Service of Iowa picked 2,000 pounds of peppers in one day.

The second record was for the group that came from the farthest distance. We had about 20 students from Japan. They were in Iowa for a week as part of the Iowa Sisters State Program. They picked peppers and eggplant. After learning about our vegetable production and community service program, they tried some BBQ and then toured the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines.

We have about three acres of cantaloupe that will be ready to start picking next week and we are looking for help to pick them over the next six weeks, in addition to our other produce.

If interested, please email or go online to