Plant A Row Grow A Row
Put your gardening skills to use for people in need!
Through the Plant a Row, Grow a Row project, a portion of your vegetables you grow in your garden can be conveniently donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank.
How often is it that you can enjoy a favorite hobby and help others in your community at the same time? The Plant a Row, Grow a Row Project is a fun way to do both. It was initially started in Winnipeg in 1986 and came to Edmonton in 1998. Edmonton’s Food Bank sponsors this program in Edmonton and area, which invites local gardeners to grow an extra row of vegetables or earmark extra vegetables for donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank. This program is supported nationally by Food Banks Canada and the Composting Council of Canada.
HOW TO GET STARTED:
1. Plant your seeds and nurture your garden.
2. At harvest time simply remove the majority of the garden dirt and take your produce to the Food Bank warehouse (11508-120 street, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.).
3. Be sure to let us know that the produce is designated for the Plant a Row, Grow a Row Project so it can be weighed and added to our total. Recording your donation is important, as we will be able to measure our community’s contributions and report our success!
4. Pat yourself on the back for a making a wonderful contribution to your community!
WHICH CROPS ARE BEST FOR DONATION?
Root vegetables are best; however, any produce that can be easily handled and stored, including broccoli, cabbage, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, radishes, parsnips, sweet peppers, and summer squash (including zucchini) are welcome. Your donation, whether it’s a handful of green beans, a bag of tomatoes, a truckload of zucchini, etc. will be appreciated and put to good use. Simply remove most of the garden dirt and bring your vegetables to Edmonton’s Food Bank at 11508-120 Street (Monday to Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Friday to Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.).
Plant A Row Grow A Row (PARGAR) Muttart Garden
The Yellowhead Youth Centre (YYC) is a residential treatment facility for youth at-risk, operated by Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services Region 6. The Plant A Row Grow A Row (PARGAR) project at YYC is more than just planting seeds in the ground. It is an opportunity for youth to be a part of a program that teaches cooperation and problem-solving skills while increasing confidence and self-esteem. For our youth, it is also an opportunity to build hope, for if you can take care of a plant you can see what the future brings.
YYC began its involvement with the Edmonton Food Bank in the spring of 2007 when they began volunteering by making food hampers. The summer of 2008 was the first season they tended to the Edmonton Food Bank’s community garden at the Muttart and 2013 marked the sixth year of this partnership. During the 2014 PARGAR project, 15 youth volunteered more than 65 hours of their time by planting, nurturing, and harvesting, which resulted in more than 300 pounds of fresh produce delivered to the Food Bank.
The PARGAR project not only provides an opportunity for experiential learning but also provides some young people a reason to get up in the morning. “It gives me a reason to get out of bed and not sleep in, something to do over summer,” was a comment given by one of the young men who was a helpful volunteer who carried the potatoes when no one else could lift the bag. Another youth was excited to learn about gardening and brought his new knowledge and skills back to a garden at the Center to ensure it was successful. Other youth mentioned that they enjoyed helping out the Food Bank by providing fresh vegetables.
For all youth involved, they worked hard and learned something new through this project, which is why the PARGAR project is about more than just planting seeds in the ground.
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton is a non-profit organization established in 2009. Volunteers with OFRE rescue fruit grown in the city on private property, then redistribute it within communities. Fruits rescued are shared with owners, pickers and charitable organizations such as Edmonton’s Food Bank.
OFRE host picking, canning and educational events throughout the year. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer fruit grower or picker, please visit the OFRE website here.
OFRE helps Edmontonians take a bite out of locally grown food!