Gardening for Good - Fresh Produce for Hungry Iowans!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2191 340th St., Madrid, Iowa.Madrid, IA 50156
Volunteering on the farm!


Key Responsibilities:

  • Harvest fresh produce
  • Plant seedlings
  • Have fun!


  • No experience necessary!
  • Desire to work outdoors
  • Willingness to get dirty
  • Ability to drive or carpool to Madrid, IA


  • You will get dirty! Wear comfortable clothing that could use some dirt and mud on it.
  • Long pants are recommended. If it is very hot, and you prefer shorts, please note that you will likely be kneeling in the dirt and mud. You may bring a towel or piece of carpet to kneel on if that is the case.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, keeping in mind that flip flops/sandals don’t always work well in mud.
  • Bring your own gloves if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, although they are certainly not required.
  • If it is sunny you may want sun screen, a hat, sunglasses, and/or a long-sleeved shirt.


  • ****If you have a truck or other vehicle that can haul, please bring it along and help us get the harvest to the food bank and into the cooler.*****


  • The address to the farm is 2191 340th St. Madrid, IA.
  • Please note that not all GPS systems, while they may be close, do not take you to the correct location.
  • Directions will be sent in a confirmation e-mail after you sign up.

Age Requirement:

  • There is no age restriction. All are welcome!
  • This is a great family event!


  • The Blackmer family will provide all the training for the project.
  • You may bring your own knives and/or shears if you like, but all the tools required will be available at the farm.


  • This project is highly weather dependent.
  • If we receive more than 2 inches of rain the night before the planting will have to be delayed.
  • If there is a thunderstorm on the day of the project it will be delayed.


  • You are responsible for your own food and beverages at the project.
  • There is a refrigerator available for lunches, drinks, and medicines.
  • The farm has some picnic tables for breaks and lunchtime.
  • There is a pizza place within 10 minutes of the farm where previous volunteers have picked up from.
  • There are also a couple of restaurants within 15 minutes of the farm.


  • Gardening

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 2-3 hours

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