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Plant Starts in Pierce County with Emergency Food Network

08.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

Towards the end of the growing season (October in Pacific NW), start visiting local stores and writing letters to seed companies asking for donations of last year’s seed. It helps to include your Employer Identification Number (EIN) in your letter to prove your organization’s non-profit status and to allow the donor to deduct donations from their taxes..

Gleaning Plant Starts with WSU Clallam County Extension

07.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

A new type of “gleaning” has been emerging in the WSU Extension Program. Because of the local abundance of gardeners and farmers, calls have been coming in from donors offering extra vegetable and fruit plant starts. The food banks have expressed a desire in handing these out to their clients in order to pique an interest in local foods..

Community Gardens and Plant a Row at NEW

07.04.2020 in Farms/ Gardens, Plant a Row/ Starts

There are several community gardens in northeast Washington. The two largest are in Colville and Kettle Falls, which are both towns with very active food pantries open four days a week. The community garden in Colville is owned and operated by a local church. This year they saw a continuing decrease in the number of individuals renting gardening plots..

Starting (PAR)! Plant a Row for the Hungry with Second Harvest

06.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

The Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) program encourages community members to dedicate a row (or more) of fruit, vegetables and/or herbs in their garden to help feed those in need. PAR was spearheaded by Jeff Lowenfels, a garden writer for the Anchorage Daily News and former Garden Writers Association (GWA) president. The idea was implemented as a national program by the GWA soon after..

Plant a Row with Community Services of Mosses Lake

06.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

There are many home gardeners in the greater Moses Lake area and asking them to help feed their neighbors was easier after receiving seed donations.  A few letters to seed companies yielded 220 pounds of garden seeds from across the nation. Two-thirds of these seeds were distributed to food bank clients..

Plant Start Distribution at Second Harvest Tri-Cities

06.04.2020 in Plant a Row/ Starts

The space and inputs barrier can be lowered through the creation of a community garden where the cost of land and inputs can be spread across all participants. Time and motivation can become huge barriers in the height of the summer, but can be overcome by connecting your volunteer/donor with the recipients of their hard work and other ways of acknowledging their hard work..