Innovative practices to mobilize a community behind growing extra vegetables for neighbors in need.
Tips from Volunteers of America Western Washington on important things to know when growing vegetable starts.
To enable greater self-sufficiency and continual access to food for clients living with limited access to food banks, Community Harvest distributes free seeds at food banks in the spring.
The new superintendent of the Colville school district has recently shown interest in establishing gardens at some schools in town. This could present a new opportunity to confront hunger and poverty in Stevens County.
The utility of seed distribution in hunger relief - a full-circle, sustainable system.
Yakima gleaned seedlings from plant sales, saving these left-over vegetable and fruit plants from the trash. In 2011, our program gleaned over 7,200 plants and in 2012, the number increased to over 10,700 plants!
When asking the community to grow extra produce to feed their neighbors the barriers to entry for the individual gardener will be the cost of plant starts and seed, space and inputs, time and motivation.
The PCGP gleaning coordinator worked with the Pierce County community garden coordinator to distribute plant starts in support of the Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) campaign.