Share the Harvest Challenge and Giveaway

Update: Alison of Loving Nature’s Garden shared a great link to help you get connected to those in your community who could use your extra produce: AmpleHarvest.org.

It’s that time of year again, when gardeners everywhere begin planning, ordering and starting seeds. We’re still a couple months from our last frost date, but that didn’t stop me from ordering over $70 worth of seeds!

This Spring, we’re still deep in a recession with unemployment continuing to rise, and I wanted to do a little something to encourage you to help your neighbors and community by doing something gardeners have done for as long as there have been gardens:  Share the Harvest!  Except rather than “just” giving out of your unplanned surplus, I’d like you to consider planning now to plant a little extra, an extra row, an extra tomato plant, whatever you can squeeze in, so that you have a little more to give.

And think of someone or some organization to bless. If you have a few gardening friends willing to join you, think what that amount of garden fresh produce could mean to a struggling family!

If you do not know someone personally, ask your church or  other local organizations. When I used to supervise visits at the homeless shelter, I never saw people as excited about dinner as when there was a fresh apple. Apparently, they don’t see much fresh fruit.

Also think about talking to local nurseries. Campbell’s in Lincoln is serving as a collection site for extra fresh produce and is distributing it to organizations serving families in need.

For a dollar or two in seed and a little extra weeding, you could have several pounds of fresh produce to bless a neighbor with.

Territorial Seed Company is encouraging you to Share the Harvest, too, by including a free packet of carrot seed in every order this year. They estimate if all these are planted, raised and donated, that would provide 2.5 million pounds of fresh, nutritious carrots to families in need!

And now for the giveaway part. I just need some help spreading the idea, so I’m asking you to share this post via link from your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account. Leave a comment with a link to where you shared, and I will enter you in the drawing to win a $15 gift certificate to Territorial Seed Company.  Open to the US and Canada, but be aware that shipping costs may exceed the value of the certificate outside the continental US.

Feel free to use my button.

Share the Harvest

And the giveaway ends Friday March 19, 2010. I’d love to hear how you plan to Share the Harvest, and will post the link of all blogs participating. I’ll also share periodic updates about how our harvest sharing is going right up until we give it away.

If you haven’t already, you might also enjoy my free e-book, Developing Christian Character Through Gardening.

Disclosure: I am in no way connected to Territorial Seed Company. I just liked their carrot seed promotion, and they have gift certificates. I am paying for it myself and have received no compensation of any kind from Territorial Seed Company.

0 thoughts on “Share the Harvest Challenge and Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I just ordered a ton of seeds and plants last night. I will definitely plant an extra row for others. This goes right along with a need I’ve been burdened with recently. That is the food islands that exist in our city. There are parts of our city that do not have grocery stores. The only stores available are small convenience stores, which do not carry fresh fruits and vegetables. It is very hard for the poor people who live in these areas to get fresh fruits and vegetables. Thank you.
    .-= Kristina´s last blog ..When the Boys Fixed the Sewing Machine =-.

    • It has always bothered me that the poorest areas have the most expensive food. I know property is at a premium in densely populated areas, but it seems backwards to have the low prices in the suburbs, doesn’t it? Thank you for participating and I hope you are able to be blessed as well as bless others while gardening this year!
      .-= Dana´s last blog ..Share the Harvest Challenge and Giveaway =-.

  2. I’ll have to think about this, and ask around. Most everyone I know here gardens and the whole economy is bases on agriculture, so I assume there is always an abundance. I bet when I research it though, I will be surprised by the needs.

  3. I think this is a fantastic idea. I don’t know that much about formal gardening, but I plant some things every year. I will be happy to share your idea and link back to you. And, what a pleasure it would be to share with someone in need, the fruits of our labor.
    .-= Miss Roxie´s last blog ..Brief notes from the Captain’s Log =-.

  4. connie hugo says:

    Thanks for posting this idea. I you are unable to find a food bank in your area, try contacting a church. Our church has a table where you can put your extra produce. Then anyone who needs it can just take what they need. All it takes is a table, and someone willing to throw out the old stuff once a week. Usually there is very little that goes to waste. Really works well. I’m getting spring fever just thinking about it.

    • That’s a great idea! I haven’t decided where we’re taking our extra produce, yet. Campbell’s (nursery in Lincoln) is sort of my back up plan, but I’m hoping to find something in the county we live in, actually.
      .-= Dana´s last blog ..Signs of Spring =-.

  5. Kerrie G says:

    I tweeted about this http://twitter.com/36momma
    This year will be my first gardening experience with my 3 boys! My oldest son is 8 and has been begging to plant a garden so we will give it a shot 🙂 We live in the inner city so I have several neighbors and senior citizens who would be thrilled if we Shared Our Harvest.
    At the school my son attends I am a part of a group called Eat Wise- it’s goal is to get better nutrition into the public schools I thought you might be interested 🙂
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oklahoma-City-OK/EatWise-Oklahoma-City/292573740179?ref=ts

  6. Dawn Townsend-Solomon and Karla H. says:

    Dawn Hummel! It’s been so long!!!!! This is your former AIP buddy who you haven’t heard from in a billion years. I am here visiting with Karl in PA and she brought up your blog and video on gardening. I am impressed! Good for you! You are so knowledgeable on the subject of gardening! We love the straight hair! We love the ornamental grasses – fireworks grass and caladium and that tall pink thriller flower. As we speak (type) we are talking about a plan to come out and see you and Karla says, while we are at it, she just might have to go to Japan while we are that close! It’s good to see and communicate with you again.
    Talk to you later, Dawn S. and Karla H.

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