Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Things of Importance...Growing for Others


"A people helping-people-program to help feed the hungry in local neighborhoods and communities. Launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers Associaten, Plant A Row encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries serving the homelss and hungry."

What can Brighton Gardeners Do?

-Grow a little extra food this summer to donate to our local food banks. It doesn't have to be a whole row; it can be an extra tomato plant, a whiskey barrel full of lettuce, a pepper in a pot. Avoid using pesticides to ensure your food is safe and healthy.
-Take your fresh produce to the food banks at the times listed below, so they can distribute the food right away.
-Any and all fresh and healthy produce is appreciated, including herbs. As a general guideline; if you wouldn't offer it to your family, you proably shouldn't take it to the foodbank.
-Quantity is not important. If you only have three extra tomatoes this week and you're heading into town, the food bank will be happy to have them.

Local foodbank dropoff times:

Sunday None are open
Monday None are open
Tuesday and Thursday 9-11 a.m. preferred (no later than 1:00 p.m) Brighton Food Pantry 129 S. 6th Avenue
Wednesday and Saturday 10:30-12:30 p.m. (no later than 1:00 p.m.) His Hands Ministries 99 N. 1st Avenue
2nd and 4th Wednesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. Calvary Chapel 161 E. Bridge Street
Friday None are open

The food bank hours of operatioin are not identical to the hours for dropping off fresh produce. they want to enusre the produce can be distributed the day it is received.

We are blessed with the opportunity to grow our own food. Let us share with those that are not as fortunate!!

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