Grow Johnson County's produce planting delayed due to weather

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- If things had gone according to plan, Grow Johnson County's produce would have been planted at the Johnson County poor farm week's ago. Mother nature had other plans.

"It's definitely a pain, it sets us back a few weeks and the unfortunate thing is a lot of our staff and our volunteers are really itching to get out there." Project director John Boller says.

"I think a lot of people are tired of playing in the snow, we're ready to play in the dirt."

The onions and potatoes they hoped to have planted already are part of a larger scale batch of produce that they use to stock the shelves are local food pantries. Instead, they've relied on their corporate sponsors to supply produce.

"There is fresh produce available at local pantries but of course the great thing is when we are able to harvest something locally from this farm, grown organically, that's grown with love and it's passed on and put on the shelves into several local agencies." Boller says.

For now, the group is staying patient in the hopes they can begin planting their own produce early next week, once the soil is drier and warmer.