Local residents turned out to combat hunger at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station on Sept. 22.

Becky Eddy, Superintendent of the Rhinelander ARS

Hosted in conjunction with the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA), Trigs Foods and area food pantries, “Night on the Farm” was an invitation for local volunteers to pick potatoes and donate non-perishable food items.

“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 ARS Superintendent Becky Eddy during an interview for Rhinelander’s Channel 12 news program. Watch the segment here.

Volunteers pick potatoes at Rhinelander ARS

Eddy says events like these help people understand why potatoes are so important to Wisconsin. Over four tons of potatoes were collected in 2016, and organizers hoped to collect eight to 10 tons of potatoes this year.

“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.

To learn more, watch this second TV news segment about the event.