Gardeners set a record for vegetable donations in 2013 as part of the Plant a Row for the Hungry-Colorado campaign.
10,941 pounds–more than five tons of produce!
The Plant a Row (PAR) campaign got off to a great start early in the season with several big kickoff events.
PAR sponsors provided the gardening give-away items that gardeners received at The Denver Post’s Garden Night and the Denver Master Gardener’s annual plant extravaganza.
- Three seed companies contributed thousands of seed packets in support of the effort: BBB Seed, Botanical Interests and Lake Valley Seed.
- Echter’s Nursery and Garden Center and Tagawa Gardens provided special vegetable and herb plant coupons.
- Whole Foods in Cherry Creek donated the reusable grocery bags for our garden starter kits.
- Colorado Gardener newsmagazine and Nexus provided free “Gardeners Wanted” recruitment ads.
Then it was up to PAR gardeners to plant the seeds, tend their gardens and take their harvests to a nearby food pantry or hunger relief agency. Special thanks goes to the Hunger Free Colorado Hotline (1-855-855-4626) for referring gardeners to their nearest vegetable drop off sites. The Produce for Pantries collective worked with Hunger Free Colorado to provide this vital connection between gardeners who have extra produce and those who need it.
Here are the current reported totals from 2013 Plant a Row for the Hungry–Colorado gardens:
- GrowLocal Colorado…3,159 lbs.
- Brighton Shares the Harvest…2,795 lbs.
- Green Valley Ranch Community Garden…2521 lbs.
- Saint John’s Cathedral…1,262 lbs.
- Ute Trail Community Garden…400 lbs.
- Harvard Gulch-Denver Master Gardeners…380 lbs.
- Home gardeners: Barbara Masoner, Lora Stedman, Rory Franklin, Trina Seefeldt (and me)…and all the unsung gardening heroes who donated but were too humble to report their totals.
We’re already in the planning stages for the 2014 Plant a Row-Colorado campaign.
Would you (or your community garden) like to join us next year? Just let me know: Jodi@WesternGardeners.com.