Unlike typical gleaning programs, PAR participants fill both gleaner and donor roles. As with gleaning from commercial operations, PAR has its own liability considerations, though much simplified.
Once you have a clear mission to use when recruiting gardeners here are a few ideas for getting the word out.
Incentives matter. With any community based program, you will only be as successful as the willingness of those around you to participate. This willingness is proportional to their belief that their involvement is important and effective.
After parterning with the Fields of Grace gleaning program in the Tri Cities, HAH supported an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Second Harvest Tri-Cities location to spearhead a Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign.
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.
An often overlooked piece of the hunger relief puzzle is educating individuals and families about the importance of making healthy dietary choices.
The Plant a Row program was introduced in the Tri-Cities in 2010 as part of the Harvest Against Hunger produce recovery effort. The program has been embraced by the community in many ways. Some of which have broadened the reach from its original conception.