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Start a Community Garden Vegetable Donation Program

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A man serving as a volunteer coordinator for Denver's Plant a Row for the Hungry initiative. Last year, local gardeners sent 16 different food pantries a total of 4890 pounds of fresh produce and herbs. That much produce will help feed hungry families—almost 2 ½tonnes worth.

Individual gardeners undoubtedly contributed and gave generously from their gardens, but the collective work of community gardeners filled many more bushels and increased the total.

The Garden Writers Association came up with the simple idea of Plant a Row years ago: ask gardeners to plant a little extra and ask them to share with others.

I hope you'll support us in our endeavors if you have a plot in a community garden. You can take part on your own or with the help of other gardeners. Here are the fundamental actions to take to launch a produce donation program in your neighborhood garden:

1. Ask for help. Determine whether other community gardeners are interested either privately or in a group discussion.

2. Locate a pantry. Find a food pantry close to the garden and speak with the organizer to find out if the pantry will accept fresh produce, the best times to drop off the product, and what kind of products are most in demand.

3. Make a donation strategy. Inform other interested gardeners about the pantry and create an action plan. Choose a method for collecting, cleaning, harvesting, and storing veggies. Choose the person who will be in charge of delivering the product. Make the procedure as straightforward as you can to entice gardeners to participate.

4. Observe donations. Gardeners enjoy staying active by being aware of the number of donated products. Weekly or as often as is collected, weigh and record donated produce. Create a Facebook page or post the totals on the neighborhood message board.

5. Celebrate. To honor the contributions of all the gardeners, organize a party at the end of the growing season.

More suggestions for beginning a Plant a Row campaign in your neighborhood can be found at the Garden Writers Association.

Making the most of a donation

Fresh vegetables are not always accepted by food banks. Few people have the room or refrigeration to keep fresh veggies in storage for extended periods. Early in the growing season, get in touch with a neighboring food bank to find out whether they accept fresh produce. Inquire about the ideal days to donate fresh veggies as some food banks are only open on particular days. Vegetables should ideally be harvested and delivered just before customers are expected to pick them up. In this manner, they will be chosen and consumed at their best.

Preferred vegetables

Most veggies can be found in food pantries that accept fresh produce, but the following are typically chosen. Most clients will be familiar with these vegetables, which are also easy to prepare, versatile, and can be kept for at least a day or two without refrigeration. These vegetables are ideal for donating because they are also simple to raise and harvest.

If community gardeners give some of their crops to a nearby food bank, they can obtain more than just veggies from their garden beds.

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