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Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden working to preserve remaining harvest

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More than 100 pounds of food have yet to be harvested from the Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden, which means preserving them through this cold snap is definitely important.

"All the food grown here goes up to our free meal program. We have one of the largest free meal programs in the community. We serve about 120 free meals a day," said Ashley Neises, the garden's manager.

She's been harvesting what she can, and covering up other plants with a cloth that will keep them alive through near frost conditions.

Because that food goes to such a great cause, it's important to save as much as possible.

"You know, three weeks ago, we were getting lots and lots of cucumbers and tomatoes and lettuce and all sorts of stuff donated, and that pretty much comes to a screeching halt when the days get shorter and the season gets cooler. In order to get to provide fresh produce, we need to make this happen as long as possible," she said.

They also run a greenhouse, which means she'll be able to grow some produce year round.

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