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Nonprofit's tractor stolen as organization hopes to grow

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - Throughout Linn County, sandwiched between businesses, you'll find urban gardens created by Feed Iowa First -- a nonprofit working to get fresh vegetables to those in need.

"We started with a half acre and we donated all the vegetables to the food bank," said Sonia Kendrick, Feed Iowa First Founder. "The people were so overwhelmed with happiness to get some fresh food that we knew that this might be a way to solve a problem that we have in our community."

After months of fundraisers the group bought a tractor, allowing volunteers to do more work in less time. This week that tractor was stolen -- but a new one is on the way.

"To whoever anonymously came forward and gave that tractor and tiller, I just, I can't say enough thanks you's and my hope in humanity was restored," said Kendrick.

Right now the group farms about 25 acres of land throughout Linn County. And if police can find that original tractor, they might be able to double that next year. Long term -- the goal is 500 acres.

"That would allow us to feed two and a half cups of vegetables to all of the food insecure people in our county," said Kendrick. "We also, hopefully, will be meanwhile shooting out some beginning farmers who can feed the rest of us in the future."

Someone stole the tractor from one of the group's urban gardens in Cedar Rapids. Police there say the tractor has not been found and the investigation is ongoing.

To learn more about Feed Iowa First, click here.

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