- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A University of Dubuque student is working with a local farm and volunteers to provide inexpensive fresh produce at two stands in Dubuque.

Allison Mitchell, who will set up the stands next week, is working with Hideaway Gardens in Dubuque, which has agreed to sell her produce at a discounted rate if she and other volunteers pick the tomatoes, cucumbers and other items, according to the Telegraph Herald.

Mitchell said they’ll sell the produce to residents at cost.

“I think it really ties together every interest of mine: stewardship, scholarship, service, science, nutrition,” she said. “All of those are deep interests of mine, so it really intertwines and comes together to this project.”

Both sites will be easily accessible by residents of northern Dubuque, where there are few grocery stores that provide fresh produce.

Mitchell said she also hopes to learn more about how engaging a community can encourage them to eat more produce. Mitchell has received a stipend from the Joseph and Linda Chlapaty Summer Fellowship, offered to University of Dubuque students.

Carolyn Scherf, a local food coordinator for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, worked with Mitchell on the project. Scherf said the two stands will make fresh produce available to people who aren’t able to get to the Dubuque Farmers Market on Saturdays or might not feel comfortable attending that gathering.

“She’s taking a small component of the farmers market - fresh fruits and vegetables - to where people are already, so she’s making it convenient for them to make a healthy choice and an affordable choice, too,” Scherf said.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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