Plant a Row for the Hungry Harvest

It’s time to start harvesting and donating your Plant a Row for the Hungry produce to a food bank, soup kitchen or food pantry near you.

This morning I spent time picking and packing 7 pounds of home-grown organic tomatoes and French yellow beans to drop off at The Friends of Saint Andrew in Aurora.

It’s taken most of the summer, but I finally had grown enough fresh veggies to play a small part in the Garden Writers Association national Plant a Row for the Hungry effort here in the Denver Metro area.

I called ahead and spoke with Sarah Norton, program director, to confirm the times volunteers would be there to accept produce and to ask the best way to package it. She said individual packets would make it easier for the volunteers to distribute, so I spent about 15 minutes packaging all sizes and colors of tomatoes and handfuls of long golden beans into small baggies.

As I sealed each packet I couldn’t help but think of the person who would open it. I hoped he or she would be happy to have some of the fruit of my summer’s labor.

Ernie Leiker met me at the gate and was grateful to take my small Plant a Row donation. Ernie told me he’s been volunteering at The Friends of Saint Andrew for 7 years. “What a great idea,” he said of the Plant a Row effort.

If you find an abundance of fruit, vegetables or herbs in your garden, please consider donating a boxful to a soup kitchen or food pantry in your area. Click here to locate a Food Bank of the Rockies drop off site near you and then please leave me a note so I can add your donation to the national Plant a Row total.


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