Up from the Earth is a voluntary system for connecting home gardeners who plant, grow, and share produce to people in need. The program encourages home gardeners to "grow an extra row". Volunteers distribute excess fruits and veggies to those in need through existing food pantries.

Produce is taken from the designated collection sites to local food pantries who have storage to distribute it to their guests.

To date, almost 30 local churches and organizations have helped close the gap between fresh garden produce and tables of those in neighborhoods in need. 

Each collection site has appointed a Garden Produce Coordinator to be a point person. The GPC works with gardeners to collect and deliver produce to local pantries for families in need.

Up From The Earth is thrilled to report that after eight growing seasons a total of over 185,000 pounds have been collected.  That is equivalent to 555,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables have been shared with those in need in our community.


Follow this link to sign up and help.  (Link will take you to SignUpGenius in a separate window.) Someone will be in touch.


Please call to confirm drop-off time.


Each location has their own schedule.

Morningside Locations

Community Action Agency of Siouxland

 2700 Leech Avenue (712-274-1610)

Grace United Methodist Church

1735 Morningside Ave (712-276-3452)


Morningside Lutheran

700 S Martha (712-26-2551)


Redeemer Lutheran Church

3204 S Lakeport (712-276-1125)


Rustin Avenue United Methodist Church

2910 Leech Avenue (712-276-3395)


St. James Methodist Church

2032 S Cypress (712-276-2667)


St. Luke Lutheran Church

2039 S St Aubin (712-276-3456)


St. Mark Lutheran Church

5200 Glen Ave (712-276-3452)


Southern Hills Baptist Church

4301 Old Lakeport Rd.  (712-203-7175)


Sunnybrook Community Church

5601 Sunnybrook Dr.. (712-276-5814)


Woodbury County Extension

4728 Southern Hills Dr.  (712-276-2157)

Nebraska Locations

First Lutheran Church

3601 Dakota Avenue, So. Sioux City (402-494-5461) (Office)

Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership

2120 Dakota Ave. So Sioux City (402-494-8212)

Nebraska Extension in Dakota County

1505 Broadway, Dakota City (402-987-2140)

Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska

3410 Futures Dr, So. Sioux City (402-412-7206)

St. Paul United Methodist Church

2003 A St. (605- 494-4138)

Northside Locations

First Lutheran Church

3939 Cheyenne Blvd (712-239-3942)

First Unitarian Church

2508 Jackson Street (712-258-3116)

Blessed Sacrament Church

3002 Jackson Street (712-281-0599)

Support Siouxland Soldiers

Indian Hills Shopping Center (712-541-8020)

St. John Lutheran Church

2801 Jackson Street (712-277-3945)




Westside and Midtown Locations

Agape Garden

15th & Silver St (712-301-4808)

Augustana Lutheran Church

600 Court St.  (712-255-7694)

First Presbyterian Church

608 Nebraska St. (712-255-8919)

Food Bank of Siouxland

1313 11th Street (712-255-9741)

Radiant Life Community Church

2410 West First St. (712-259-3090)

Salvation Army

1415 Villa Avenue (712-255-8836)

Siouxland District Health Department

1014 Nebraska St. (712-279-6119)

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church

406 12th Street (712-258-0141)

Trinity Lutheran Church

1122 Jackson St. (712-258-0519)


Meet The Team



Randy founded Up From The Earth in 2014.

He entered the Iowa State Extension Master Garden in program in 1993.

Food pantry manager at First Lutheran church and a recipient of the American Red Cross's Heroes of the Heartland award in 2016 as well as a recipient of the Certificate of Achievement for Exceptional Volunteer Service by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2018.

He is an avid gardener for over 40 years 


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Ron has a BA from UNI in Education and MA from  the University of Iowa in Educational Administration.

He is a former teacher, coach, Jr./Sr. High Principal and a retired VP at American Pop Corn Company,

He also is an elected and current Board member of the Plymouth County Extension Board, Board Member Siouxland Center for Active Generations and a session member First Presbyterian Church.

He is a master gardener and also enjoys golf, duplicate bridge.


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Stacie has a passion for speaking and leadership. In 2014, she joined the John Maxwell Team and is a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer and coach. She worked alongside John Maxwell and his team in March of 2018 in Costa Rica; helping train leaders in their government, educational system and businesses.


Stacie is the owner of the Siouxland Magazine and especially enjoys empowering  and contributing to organizations that focus on the environment, holistic health, and suppliers of fresh local produce, as well as those open to expanding their creative and innovative boundaries.


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Pam is a gardener and a retired marketing and business educator. 

Her love for communication and gardening has helped connect Up from the Earth to student designers, web developers, and event planning.  Her student advertising teams helped rebrand Up from the Earth.  Her doctorate is from Oklahoma State University, Masters from Arkansas State, and Bachelors from Henderson State University.  She is a faculty Emeritus from Morningside College and retired chair of the Business Department. 

Pam is especially interested in inspiring more people to share their produce with areas that have food insecurity. 



Jenny is a retired kindergarten teacher and is considered a Master Gardener since 2006. 


She is actively involved in volunteering in the community through Up From the Earth, ISU/Woodbury County Extension, and school gardens most recently teaching School Gardens 101. 


Jenny consistently works toward the mission of connecting extra produce from home gardeners through our collection sites getting fresh produce to those in our community affected by food insecurity.

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Mark joined Up From The Earth in 2017 after retiring from 35 years at Mercy Medical Center as Manager of Neurophysiology/Sleep Lab. 


He has been a Master Gardener since 2003 and likes to try at least 3 unique and different veggies each year. 


He works as the organizations mascot and also answers to the name "Zucchini Guy".

The Zucchini Guy brings joy and great gardening advise wherever he goes. 




Brenda Brenda works in education for the University of Nebraska Extension in Dakota County. She has been employed with the University for 17 years and provides educational outreach to low income and at risk families.  


For the past several years, Brenda coordinates the Voices For Food Project, which has collaborated with Up From the Earth to collect and distribute produce for families in need.

During the pandemic, she and her team held weekly produce distribution.  She was also able to get meat and dairy products donated and distributed to those in need.



Lisa is an ISU/Woodbury County Extension Master Gardener and community volunteer. As a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and former high school teacher, she continues to seek understanding of the impact of food insecurity affecting students both in the classroom and after the bell. 

Through Up From the Earth, Lisa can combine her passions of gardening and education.  She enjoys working with kids, expanding learning opportunities, and nutrition.  She is active in DKG, the South Sioux Cooperative Learning Garden, and the Sioux City Garden Club.  



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