Local food-growers group announces February meeting

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A delicious pot luck meal will not be the least of the attractions at the Growing Food and Profit Group Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th St. in Dallas Center.

The Growing Food and Profit Group, a collection of local food growers in and around Dallas County, will meet Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1204 13th St.  in Dallas Center.

Rick Hartmann of Small Potatoes Farm near Minburn will lead a discussion about vegetable varieties demonstrated to work well in Iowa growing conditions. He will share just-published yield research he and other Iowa farmers completed on two popular bell pepper varieties

Rick Hartmann of Small Potatoes Farm will discuss successful varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Rick Hartmann of Small Potatoes Farm will discuss successful varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Hartmann will also discuss fruit and vegetable production data on 48 crops from small horticulture farms collected in 2013 and 2014 and present a compilation of proven varieties submitted by participants from the Practical Farmers of Iowa Horticulture listserve and from Growing Food and Profit members.

Visitors will have an opportunity to reflect on some of their favorite vegetable varieties and talk about their past performance and perceived advantages.

Anyone interested in growing or eating locally grown food is welcome to attend the meeting. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own table service. Coffee will be provided.

For more information, contact Linda Nelson at Lsnelson1@hotmail.com or 515-491-3984. The Growing Food and Profit group is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension in Dallas County.

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