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GROW A ROW of fresh organic food for your LOCAL Food Bank

This initiative builds on the tradition of gardeners sharing their harvest with others. Gardeners commit to grow an extra
row or more of food for the community.

The produce is distributed to low-income families and individuals who don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Gardeners commit to grow an extra row (or more) of food, which, when harvested, goes to families that are identified
through programs at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.


Fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive and it is hard for a family to be able to afford healthy food. Many individuals,
though wanting to garden, do not have access to space in order to cut the costs of buying the fresh vegetables.

There is more than enough food grown or distributed in this neighbourhood to make sure that no child or family should
go hungry. Planting an extra row is just one creative way in which to share food.

Anyone with a backyard garden can plant extra and contact your local Gleaners Group for help harvesting or
delivering the vegetables from your garden to your Local Food Bank.

America's Grow A Row

Grow a Row - Food Secuirty Institute

STARTING Grow A Row Campaign in Your COMMUNITY

Plant a Row • Grow a Row has a number of objectives:

* To support the continued development of a positive and lasting relationship between the community and its food banks
and soup kitchens

* To encourage our communities to plant, grow and harvest an extra row of specific vegetables for local food banks and
soup kitchens

* To ensure that the produce is delivered to the food banks at specified local drop-off locations and times

* To have the food distribution agencies weigh and record the weight of total donations to provide some measure of
* To enlist the support of master gardeners, home gardeners, garden clubs, youth groups, seniors, schools, churches,
local growers, community gardens and the media.

In each community, a committee should be formed to organize this effort. The committee needs a chairperson and a food
bank representative to coordinate and guide the initiative, a media person for promotion, and where possible, a master
gardener, a garden club representative, a local service club representative and, if possible, municipal representatives and
local celebrities.

The committee mandate should be to create awareness of the program, why it's needed, how to participate and where and
when to deliver the food donations. The food bank should provide guidance as to the type of fresh produce most desired
by them. Local commercial growers should also be encouraged to participate.

The campaign should have an official launch, continual promotion and reminders to bring in their food donations as well
as a closing date. It is important that the food bank, often staffed by volunteers, accept the food graciously and weigh it

When the campaign has finished for the year, a celebration should be held to give thanks to all those who participated.
Goals should also be set for next year's efforts.

Canadian Grow a Row Campaign

contains many refence materials

Edible Garden Project

More Food on Less Land:

The Joys of Square Foot Gardening

Our City Garden Grow a Row Program

New Zealand Grow a Row Programs

Compost Council of Canada

McHenry County Victory Gardens & Grow A Row

Children of Recession: Grow a Row

How Can you Help your Community

Farmers and Gardeners Can Make a Difference

Plant A Row, Grow A Row Initiative
Grow an Extra Row

Plant A Row For The Hungry - The Need Is Great

Grow a Row Gardening with a purpose

BioCycle Plant A Row, Grow A Row

Enjoy Gardening Grow A Row

Grow a Row to Share

New Year Resolutions for the Vegetable Gardener

Help us Feed the Kids - Grow a Row

Grow a Garden for the Hungry

Your Local FOOD BANK Needs You
Please help. Thank YOU!

Organic Gardening for VICTORY
Growing Without Digging; by Esther Deans
Square Foot Gardening; by Mel Bartholomew
How to Grow World Record Tomatoes; by Charles Wilber
Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces; by Patricia Lanza
Edible Flower Garden; by Rosalind Creasy
Designing And Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally; by Robert Kourik
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming; by Masanobu Fukuoka
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World; by Paul Stamets
Leaves of Life, Therapy Garden for People with Disabilities; by Esther Deans
Worms Eat My Garbage; by Mary Appelhof


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