A Gift from the heartGrow-A-Row
Why not try and grow-a-row this year? When planting your own garden, consider planting an extra row to donate to the food bank. Whether it’s a bag, a bunch or a bushel, it all adds up to help provide our neighbours with fresh produce.
Be part of the change
Fresh from the heart
Food connects us as a community and builds each other up in times of need. Nothing is more true than Calgarians who, every year, come together to grow vegetables for their neighbours in need. Large or small, every donation from a garden makes an incredible impact. When we can add fresh produce to a family or individual’s hamper, we are helping to build their resiliency. It is critical to eat well when you are in crisis so when we can give fresh-from-the-garden vegetables it tells someone they matter. It shows them we want them to get out of the circumstances they are in by providing them with the best food possible.
From July through October, we distribute an average of 5,000 hampers per month. That’s fresh produce in 20,000 hampers during the garden season because of ALL garden contributions!
What can I grow?
Dirt is a good thing
Garden soil, free of pesticides or chemicals, creates a protective layer that keeps the produce fresher, longer. When we wash vegetables so they look ‘good’, they are now vulnerable to the air and will start to decompose. Special cleaners are not necessary, just a simple wash just before use is the best.
How does your garden grow?
Show off your gardening talents and tips by posting your pictures and videos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and be sure to tag us @CalgaryFoodBank.
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.