GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Plant a Row for the Hungry


How many of you are aware of the PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY (PAR) program? I didn’t know this existed until recently. I believe wholeheartedly in its concept. As a matter of fact, I mentioned this idea of donating our extra produce to our food pantries in past blogs.

PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY was developed in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association. Gardening individuals were encouraged to plant an extra row of veggies and donate this extra bounty of vegetables to local food banks. Over the years, this program has been successful, yet hunger still exists.

Now that we are in late February and planting a vegetable garden is approaching very soon, I want to encourage everyone to think about this program and try to plant an extra row of vegetables knowing that this extra food will be going to feed the hungry. It doesn’t take a lot to make a real contribution and the time to plan is now. A typical packet of snap bean seeds produces about 20 pounds of tasty produce. A packet of carrot seeds produces about 100 pounds.

Here we are in 2022 and hunger exists more than ever. Families are struggling to make ends meet for many causes—COVID, inflation, unemployment, lack of food in the supermarkets, etc. Hunger seems to be a topic on our national news every day.

So, what can you do to help? Everyone who has a vegetable garden this spring I encourage you to take the pledge to PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY this spring.

Hunger in Central Virginia is a problem. Families and little kids are going to bed hungry. I have a problem knowing that this exists and knowing that so many of us can help by just adding a little to our vegetable garden. Food shortage has escalated to an all-time high level now. Families who never thought that they would need assistance are now relying on food pantries to make ends meet.

Vegetable gardening is one of the hottest gardening trends these past few years. Let’s keep the interest going and growing!!


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