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Share Your Surplus Vegetables

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Plant a Row (Plant • Grow • Share a Row in Canada): that’s the title of a program launched by the Garden Writers’ Association Foundation to encourage gardeners to think about planting extra vegetables they can then offer to food banks. It just makes sense: if you grow vegetables for your family, why not produce a few extra to share with the needy? And it doesn’t have to be an entire row, either: if you only have a balcony vegetable garden, one or two extra pots of tomatoes will give you several extra pounds/kilos of produce to share.

And while you’re at it, start a campaign in your neighborhood to get others to do the same. When gardeners get together, they can change the world!

How to Share Your Bounty

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Source: Garden Writers’ Association Foundation

For the name of a food bank or soup kitchen in your area, go to Feeding America (US) or call the United Way Helpline at 211 (Canada).

And once you do locate the nearest soup kitchen, make sure you phone before you show up with your vegetables. The organization may have a day or a time that better suits them to receive donations.

For more information on Plant a Row/Plant • Grow • Share a Row or to start a PAR/PGSR campaign in your neighborhood, contact:

Plant a Row (USA): www.gardenwriters.org/PAR

Grow a Row (Canada): www.growarow.org

Such a simple way to give!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Share Your Surplus Vegetables

  1. Do you know if they have similar gardening events here in the USA? We are looking to meet more people with the same interests as us.

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