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DULUTH - A local farmer is looking for volunteers who have extra gardening space to help with his project of Growing for a Cause.
“We start with maple syrup in the spring, we do bedding plants now, and about 12 acres of vegetables, and we end up with Christmas trees at two retail sites,” Doug Hoffbauer, said.
He may be known as Farmer Doug in recent years, but it wasn’t his original career.
“I had 24 years in and Northeast Regional Correction Center and one of my accomplishments there was to donate 50 tons a year of produce to the different food shelves, soup kitchens and other charities,” Hoffbauer said.
Now retired he wanted to continue Growing for a Cause.
“The people up at Second Harvest said the demand is always there for fresh produce,” Hoffbauer said.
The Northland Foundation provided Farmer Doug with seed money for the project, but now he needs the community’s help.
“We have five crops that we are growing, it will be, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, green beans and slicing cucumbers,” Hoffbauer said. “We’ve got the transplants ready to go so all that people have to do is stick them in the ground. So sometime in July there'll be broccoli and cabbage and other things to bring to Second Harvest.”
He has already received some volunteer commitment from the Duluth Fire Department and local churches, but still has more seeds that need a home.
“I don’t want to see anything wasted. I’m hoping that every one of these plants can find a home and eventually end up being healthy food for people in our community,” Hoffbauer said.
If you have gardening space to spare and are interested, contact Farmer Doug at his website FarmerDoug.com or contact the Growing for a Cause Facebook page.