For those who love to garden, Grow-A-Row is an ideal way to share. All produce is welcome, including fruit such as crab apples, although root crops are encouraged because they are best for storage. Winnipeg Harvest redistributes your produce to nearly 62,000 people that need emergency food each month.
Grow-A-Row blossomed in 1986, when Winnipeg residents Ron and Eunice O’Donovan produced more potatoes in their backyard garden than they could consume. Their vegetables were so well received by Winnipeg Harvest, the O’Donovans encouraged friends and neighbours to also donate surplus produce. Since then, Grow-A-Row has yielded millions of pound of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Here’s how you can help:
At home and work:
- Grow an extra row (or two) of produce in your own backyard
- Invite your neighbours, family and associates to do the same (how about a friendly “weigh-in” challenge?)
- Turn an empty neighbourhood lot into a Grow-A-Row garden
- Turn Grow-A-Row into a science project and have students plant and tend to a row of vegetables for Winnipeg Harvest
- A Harvest volunteer will come to your class and give a presentation
- Come harvest season, bring students to Winnipeg Harvest to deliver their crop. They’ll get an on-site tour and a chance to sort food.
At the Community Club:
Plant a Harvest Garden to be tended by club families
- Come Harvest season, organize a communal Harvest Day full of activities including a visit to Winnipeg Harvest
If you are a seasoned gardener, consider mentoring others at your local school, community club, daycare or place of worship so others might be inspired to Grow-A-Row for those in need.
Plant a seed, nourish a community.