Rhinelander community members pick potatoes to help area food pantries Submitted: 09/22/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Rhinelander community members pick potatoes to help area food pantries
RHINELANDER - People usually drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food items as donations. But on Friday, dozens of kids and adults picked potatoes in Rhinelander to help area food pantries. 

The Night on the Farm event is an effort to fight local hunger. Organizers are hoping to collect 8 to 10 tons of potatoes. 

"They not only get to help others, but they also get to learn about the Wisconsin potato history [and] what we do here at the Rhinelander Station," said Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station Superintendent Becky Eddy.

Eddy says events like these help people understand why potatoes are so important to Wisconsin. 

"We rank number three in potato production in the U.S. so I think it's important for people to know all about potatoes," said Eddy. 

The event is hosted by the UW-Madison Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, and Trigs Foods in cooperation with our Area Food Pantries. 

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