2012 Growing and Giving Gardening Report

The results are in for our 2012 Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign in the Denver metro area.

When I stood in the pouring rain at Harvard Gulch Park handing out garden starter kits on May 19, I didn’t know what kind of gardening year 2012 would be.

After a couple of good spring rains, gardeners were challenged with hot, dry weather and I didn’t have high expectations for our Plant a Row effort.

I’m happy to report our hardy gardeners weren’t at all deterred by difficult gardening conditions.

We ended the season with a total 4,890 pounds of produce donated to 16 different service agencies.

That’s over 2.4 TONS of food to help feed the hungry in our community.

Special recognition goes to Saint John’s Cathedral. Volunteers there collected 1667 pounds for Metro CareRing.

Donations by our community garden partners also made a significant contribution to our growing-and-giving efforts. Thanks go to the Denver Master Gardeners at Harvard Gulch Park, Ute Trail Community Garden, Green Valley Ranch Community Garden and Rose Roots Community Garden.

Individual gardeners also donated hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables. Thanks go to Debby Hanley, Bob Grossman, Lora Stedman, Deb Courtner, Elizabeth Staton, Joyce Forbush, Michelle Schoen, Barbara Masoner, Trina Seefeldt, Paul Weiss and group and Casey Burnette for sending in their reports. I was able to donate almost 40 pounds and I know there were many other gardeners who donated and simply didn’t report their totals.

I’d also like to recognize our generous sponsors who donated seeds, fertilizer, coupons, advertising and other items that made our annual effort a success: BBB Seeds, Botanical Interests, Colorado Gardener magazine, Echter’s Nursery and Greenhouse, Food Bank of the Rockies, Fox Farms, Lake Valley Seeds, National Home Gardening Club, Nexus magazine, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Tagawa Gardens, and Whole Foods in Cherry Creek.

Plant a Row friends and volunteers helped early in the season stuffing and distributing the free garden starter kits. Heartfelt appreciation goes to Kris Stoever, Lora Stedman, Laura Stevens, Cheryl Soldati-Clark, Cynthia Pasquale, Chris Alexander, Elizabeth Staton, Rory Franklin, Jill Cruikshank, Kat Challis and Laura Kukic. John Pendleton volunteered his graphic skills and did all the heavy lifting.

Even as this season is wrapping up, planning is already underway for the 2013 campaign. Please let me know if you’d like to join us!


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