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Friday, January 07, 2005

Plant a row 

Have you heard of "Plant a Row"? Well, I had not until I saw Andrew Stenning's article. Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) started in Anchorage, Alaska when Jeff Lowenfels, a garden columnist, asked folks to plant a row of vegetables for the local soup kitchen, Beans Cafe. In five years, a total of one million pounds of veggies had been grown and since that time one million pounds of food is now grown each year. The Garden Writers Foundation now administers the PAR program. The purpose of PAR is "to create and sustain a grassroots program whereby garden writers utilize their media position with local newspapers, magazines and radio/TV programs to encourage their readers/listeners to donate their surplus garden produce to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry." When you visit the GWA site, you can make a donation or even start your own PAR campaign. There's also lots of other worthwhile information listed. So when your seed catalogs arrive, think about planting one more row. Happy Gardening.

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