When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. Leviticus 19:9-11a
Each season it seams that we get a little carried away come harvest time. We always have plenty of vegetables for our family, friends, neighbors… and then some extra. Every gardener that has been blessed in this way, knows that on the flip side there is only a short shelf life on their harvest before it starts going bad and needs to be fed to the chickens or the compost bin.
This year we plan to Plot Against Hunger by donating our extra fruits and vegetables to those that need it more. We even went as far as planting a couple of extra plants just for those who may need it. There are plenty of rescue centers and soup kitchens that lack the funds or ability to serve nutritious meals to their patrons, and home gardeners can help.
If you are wondering how to Plot Against Hunger in your own town the following tips are useful:
1.) Plant-A-Row In Your Backyard:
Plant an extra row (or more) of vegetables in your backyard garden,or just contribute your surplus bounty to local rescue mission! Have herbs you’re dividing? Extra tomato seedlings? They can use them!
What do they need most? The most popular veggies are green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, peas, peppers and squash. Any fresh produce is welcome, though — whatever you are good at growing.
2.) Share Your Backyard:
Do you have some unused garden space to share with other gardeners? Do you need some garden space to grow veggies?
3.) Start a New Plot Against Hunger Program in Your Area:
Are you a church, business, group or individual with some land suitable for a garden? Can you get a group together to maintain the garden for the growing season?
For More Information Check Out Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR). PAR is a communications program encouraging individual gardeners, companies and community gardens to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to food agencies and/or soup kitchens to help feed those in need.