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Rain delays Kane Street Community Garden harvest

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The heavy rainfall in recent months has delayed the Kane Street Community Garden's harvest.

The garden, run by the Hunger Task Force, provides free produce to the community.

Volunteers usually begin replanting the crops at the beginning of summer. That's not the case this year.

Volunteers said they're at least a month behind schedule, which is preventing people from getting their share of vegetables.

"The main effect, it was so wet you couldn't get out there to plant in April and May," said Garden Coordinator Todd Huffman.

That means vegetables aren't big enough to harvest and distribute to people in the community; especially people in need, Huffman said.

"We have a food insecurity problem in La Crosse and that means people just don't have the access to the food they need. Especially the nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables. Those can get very expensive. So we're here to provide some of that," said Hunger Task Force Executive Director Shelly Krause.

She surveyed the first broccoli harvest Saturday, which last year happened at the end of May.

"Twenty-five percent of the people we know and work with every day are below the poverty level. So we have to get some kind of help to those folks," she said.

"For a crop like cabbage, if we harvest them at the end of June, then we can replant green beans so we can use the ground twice in a season," Huffman said.

It's a plan he still wants to dig into. But with some cabbage still too small, he's hoping it will not be too late to reuse the land.

Last year volunteers grew almost 30,000 pounds of produce, Krause said.

The garden is always looking for volunteers, especially after this harvest season.

The Kane Street Community Garden is open Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. More information can be found here.

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