from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Share What You Grow

As you plant your new garden, have you thought about sharing some of your harvest? Most food pantries can provide only canned vegetables and fruit to their clients so gardeners supplying fresh produce can make a big difference for many people.

Vegetable garden

Early spring clean-up of the raised beds at Gardener’s Supply. The paths had been taken over by weeds, but we got them all out.

As you plant your new garden, have you thought about sharing some of your harvest? Most food pantries can provide only canned vegetables and fruit to their clients so gardeners supplying fresh produce can make a big difference for many individuals.

The demand for hunger assistance has increased by 70 percent in recent years, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in eight households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger.

At Gardener’s Supply, we have been creating connections between gardening and local food since we started in 1983:

  • Every year, we honor gardeners who feed the hungry through our Garden Crusader program
  • We founded the Intervale Center, here at our headquarters in Vermont, home to one of the largest community-supported agriculture farms in New England.
  • We support Plant a Row for the Hungry, a grassroots program that advocates the donation of surplus garden to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations.
  • Last year, employees donated produce from gardens surrounding our Vermont offices and the employees’ home gardens. Total donation in 2009: 1,200 pounds

Want to help? Learn more by reading Share the Harvest.

2 Comments

  1. July 26, 2010    

    I’ve gleaned over 80 tons in just over a year. The main problem is that publicity is lacking that homegrown produce can be donated to local food pantries. I’ve worked very hard to spread awareness. Can never talk about fruit to food banks enough. People simply don’t know…I know, because I’ve knocked on over 600 fruit tree owners’ doors, received lots of press/recognition for my humble mission. “the lemon lady” fruit to food banks. Happy Harvesting and Happy Sharing. Anna, The Lemon Lady
    http://www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com

  2. July 26, 2010    

    Anna,
    Wow! Thanks for writing about the good work you’re doing.
    Sounds similar to one of our Garden Crusader Award winners, Barbara Eiswerth is doing in Tucson, AZ. She won in our Feeding the Hungry category for her work gleaning fruit from neighborhood fruit trees. She was a 2007 winner and you can read about her here:
    http://www.gardeners.com/2007-Garden-Crusader-Barbara-Eiswerth/8120,default,pg.html

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