Plant Grow Share a Row
Grow Share a Row builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners
loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people
program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities.
has its roots in many communities in North America. The Grow-A-Row
program started in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986, initiated by Ron
and Eunice ODonovan. That was the year that they produced
more potatoes in their backyard garden than their family could consume.
They decided to donate the excess to the local food bank, Winnipeg
Harvest. Their idea was met with such enthusiasm that the ODonovans
decided to encourage their friends and neighbours to also donate
their surplus produce. Since then, over 1.4 million pounds of fresh
fruits and vegetables have been given to Winnipeg Harvest
through the Grow-A-Row program.
has been taken up by other Canadian communities such as Edmonton,
Alberta, London, Ontario as well as regions in Quebec such as the
Laurentians and the Rigaud, Hudson, St. Lazare and Dorion area.
Edmontons program is spearheaded by the Edmonton Horticultural
Society with the support of local businesses. Londons program
is under the leadership of London Composts!, a local partnership
of businesses, government and non-profit organizations dedicated
to raising awareness of the value of composting and compost. In
Quebec, the campaign is called Un rang pour ceux qui ont faim
and was initiated by La Presse, the television program Fleurs
et Jardins, and the Quebec Food Bank Federation.
Plant a Row
for the Hungry was developed by the Garden Writers Association
of America and launched in the United States in 1995. Supported
by their members in their own communities, this innovative public
service campaign encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and
donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food banks.
Grow Share a Row combines the strength of all of the above
initiatives. Through the experience of these communities and their
sharing of existing information and communication resources, it
is hoped that other places across Canada will establish a Plant
Grow Share a Row campaign in their own Community.
will be encouraged to start their own campaigns, supported through
Grow Share a Row website and the programs toll-free helpline:
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