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!

Plant a Row for the Hungry

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20150606APlant a Row (Grow a Row in Canada): that’s the title of a program launched by the Garden Writers’ Association 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: just a few extra plants can make a difference.

Suppose you have a bumper crop of zucchini (and who doesn’t?). The time-honored tradition is to give them to your neighbors so you can show off your horticultural prowess. But your neighbors probably already have their own zucchini, or the means to buy zucchini. If you see them pretending not to be home when you head their way with a basket of veggies, you know they don’t really appreciate the gift. Instead, share the bounty with someone who will really value it. True enough, you won’t gain bragging rights with your neighbors this way… but wouldn’t you rather enjoy the feeling of really helping others?

20150606BAnd 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!

Here’s where to go for information:

Plant A Row (US)

Grow A Row (Canada)

Such a simple way to give!