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What to do with your extra veggies

Post  Chopper on 5/22/2010, 3:28 am

Saw this on CNN heroes or something like that tonight. A guy has set up a relationship with food pantries to receive fresh produce from gardeners and farmers. The web site is, in my opinion, a pain in the a55 to navigate but I finally found the map and was able to see who was in my area. Pretty optimistic to think I will have extra, but something to know for those who do not plan to can or freeze or go to farmer's markets and would like to share. FYI.


http://www.ampleharvest.org/

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Post  camprn on 5/22/2010, 7:28 am

thanks Excellent post. Feeding America is another food bank locator site. In my town there has been a tremendous increase in the need for food.
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Post  silverbug on 5/22/2010, 7:36 am

Every year our city has "Harvest for the Hungry". If I have too much because I also have a half share in a local CSA, then I'll donate to them.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/22/2010, 8:54 am

Great thread ! I had a friend send me the link to Ample Harvest last night. I have always wanted to do something like this. I just am so new at gardening and the harvest here has been so tiny in the previous years. Its my goal though to share. I went to Ample Harvest's site and they do suggest if you don't have a food bank in their search engine, you can call local churches or shelters. We have a group in the next town over that helps abused women. I would love to share there and share SFG !!! The wheels are turning, I need to be an SFG teacher :-D But so many things on my plate and I will have to wait until I finish up. Like if you dont eat that you will have it for breakfast thing. I don't want the same plate all the time, need to finish one at a time.

I would love to see if any of us were able to do this. During war time Victory Gardens produced 40 percent of the United States produce, Im not sure what it did for over seas countries. I do know Europe had them too. Victory Gardens brought down the price of produce enabling our troops to have good food cheaper and the saved money went to other place they needed. We have some folks with gardens on their roof tops Smile I love those pics ! Back then you could have chickens in the city too Smile Some townships still allow hens only. I guess I'm a dreamer and want everyone to have the opportunity to be self sufficient and gardening for me is one of those ways. It's so expensive to eat good food these days and its so easy to buy all the pastas and cheap foods to make the budget stretch. I say let's all garden and bring down the price of veggies !!! :-D
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Post  lisaphoto on 5/22/2010, 9:21 am

I was thinking if I had extra produce, I would sell it at our church like a bake sale but with veggies as a fundraiser. Our youth group is going to IYC (International youth convention) in Florida, and they need all the help they can get. There are a lot of underprivileged kids there that wouldn't be able to go without fundraising, and every little bit helps. Hopefully I have enough left over to make it worth it.
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Re: What to do with your extra veggies

Post  herbarium on 5/22/2010, 1:22 pm

Here are some more ideas
http://www.good.is/post/food-grows-on-trees/

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Re: What to do with your extra veggies

Post  milaneyjane on 5/22/2010, 2:25 pm

Our local weekly food shelf will take garden produce (found that out this winter)
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Post  dmpower on 5/22/2010, 8:34 pm

Our area has a 'plant a row' program. I will do 'plant some squares'. Also some areas have a 'Mother Hubbards'. They will also take extra garden and farm produce.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/23/2010, 3:03 pm

I've always done the "plant a row for the hungry", except in squares. There are three food pantries within 20 miles of where I live, so it's easy to give it away. This year I purposefully overplanted to do just that.

Several friends of mine just bring their extras to church. It's amazing how quickly folks grab it up.

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