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.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP
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.
2700 Leech Avenue (712-274-1610)
1735 Morningside Ave (712-276-3452)
700 S Martha (712-26-2551)
3204 S Lakeport (712-276-1125)
2910 Leech Avenue (712-276-3395)
2032 S Cypress (712-276-2667)
2039 S St Aubin (712-276-3456)
5200 Glen Ave (712-276-3452)
4301 Old Lakeport Rd. (712-203-7175)
5601 Sunnybrook Dr.. (712-276-5814)
4728 Southern Hills Dr. (712-276-2157)
3601 Dakota Avenue, So. Sioux City (402-494-5461) (Office)
2120 Dakota Ave. So Sioux City (402-494-8212)
1505 Broadway, Dakota City (402-987-2140)
3410 Futures Dr, So. Sioux City (402-412-7206)
2003 A St. (605- 494-4138)
3939 Cheyenne Blvd (712-239-3942)
2508 Jackson Street (712-258-3116)
3002 Jackson Street (712-281-0599)
Indian Hills Shopping Center (712-541-8020)
2801 Jackson Street (712-277-3945)
Westside and Midtown Locations
15th & Silver St (712-301-4808)
600 Court St. (712-255-7694)
608 Nebraska St. (712-255-8919)
1313 11th Street (712-255-9741)
2410 West First St. (712-259-3090)
1415 Villa Avenue (712-255-8836)
1014 Nebraska St. (712-279-6119)
406 12th Street (712-258-0141)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.