Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: April 30, 2009
Plant a Row for the Hungry
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Tomatoes in a raised bed
What began in 1995 as the brainchild of Garden Writers Association past president, Jeff Lowenfels, has
blossomed into a nationwide effort where gardeners plant an extra row or donate surplus produce from their
gardens to local food banks that help feed the hungry. For the last 8 years, over a million pounds per year of produce
has been donated by gardeners to this worthy cause. In metro Atlanta, there are collection centers in the various
counties where you can take your surplus produce.
It's really quite simple if you think about it. Thanks to our long growing season, even if you plant just a few tomato
plants for your own use, you often get so many tomatoes that you can become quite sick of them. This also applies to peppers,
cucumbers, beans, squash, peaches, apples, okra, etc. Even if you can and freeze your produce, more than likely you have plenty
This is a great project for children, church groups, schools, scouts or other organizations that have access to open ground either
on their premises or in the gardens of their members. Growing and donating food is very fulfilling on so many levels and it
puts people in touch with the earth and outdoor environment.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Metro Atlanta Donation Centers
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