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Re: Plant a Row for the Hungry

  • Subject: Re: Plant a Row for the Hungry
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:18:21 -0500

We are doing a "community garden" at our place this year.  Mostly family.
The older kids want to come out and work it, and benefit from it.  But they
are bringing others that want to help as well.  I told them that whatever we
couldn't use would be donated to the homeless shelter down the street from
where I work.  No sense in letting it go bad.

On 4/1/09, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI <
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> "CAN you help"?
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Daryl
> Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 5:03 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant a Row for the Hungry
> The need is so huge this year. One of Atlanta's major food banks is down
> to
> one day per week distribution because there just isn't enough to go
> around.
> Our local charity, The Place, is feeding 300 people a week, either
> through
> the surplus food room or the Wednesday lunch. And we're a not a huge
> county.
> Several local churches also have food banks, and there's a government
> surplus peanut butter and cheese distribution that's also run out of
> food
> recently.
> One of my long-time tomato customers called to chat the other day. She's
> having to chose between buying medicine and buying food. Unfortunately,
> she's not well enough now to grow much of a garden - only a couple of
> tomato
> plants that a friend will help her plant. That's not right!
> So, I do what I can to help spread the word. I've spoken to several
> local
> church groups, and will be talking to a few civic groups in the next few
> weeks, in addition to my usual gardening classes. I finally got tired of
> waiting for the MGs to do Plant a Row.  They'd been dragging their feet
> trying to find a place for a garden before they did anything.  I've been
> urging them to get involved for at least 6 years and they're at least
> looking for a spot now, but now that I've gotten the ball rolling, a
> bunch
> of them are getting involved. I also sent a press release to the local
> paper, and a young reporter ran with it and got it on the front page of
> the
> second section, with a picture, too.
> http://www.forsythnews.com/news/archive/2066/
> I'm also trying to get a big can drive going at church. We've got
> collection
> bins, but they're not filling up very fast. I can't think what to call
> it.
> "Can Do" comes to mind, but I'm not sure that's the best name. Got any
> ideas?
> d
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