Growing a #gardentogive! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ…// Garden Answer


Hey guys, how’s it going? Laura with Garden Answer. In today’s video I want to talk to you about a program that I’m going to be participating in this year called Garden to Give. So as you guys know we work a lot with Gardener’s Supply Company and they have started this program with the hope of inspiring as many people as possible to grow a vegetable garden and then to donate a portion of their harvests to their local food banks or food pantries to help out those in need. So this video is just gonna be about how the program works, and how you can get involved. And I really encourage you guys to join me, because I just think it’s so important for us to be giving back to our communities and helping other people out wherever we can. And chances are if you’re already growing a vegetable garden you probably already have extra produce hanging around that could be donated. And just to kind of bring it home for you guys the USDA reports that over 41 million people, 13 million of which are kids, have struggled with hunger, yet 11.4 billion pounds of garden produce has ended up as food waste every single year And I just think that is so sad, wasteful, and really unnecessary when those people could be benefiting from that produce. So I’ve decided to pledge to grow and donate a portion of my vegetables for my raised beds this year. And some really great things to plant to donate that have a really good shelf life are things like onions, beets, carrots, potatoes, things like that. But there’s other crops like lettuce, beans and tomatoes that are usually equally as welcome. But it’s a really good idea to contact your local food pantry and see what things that they are in need of the most. Now, if you aren’t sure where your local food bank or food pantry is you can visit AmpleHarvest.org. Click find a pantry, put your zip code in, click search locations, and it’ll give you a whole list of all the food banks and food pantries that are closest to you. And I actually think this is a great part to get your kids involved in. Like, take a field trip down to your local food pantry. Talk with them about what their needs are, show your kids kind of how it works. I just think it’s never too early to start showing your kids how to give back to their communities and help out others. So if this sounds like something that you want to be involved in you can take the pledge right along with me by filling out the form on the Gardener Supply website and actually starting this month. And for each month for the rest of the year they’re going to be choosing one winner to give $100 gift card to. And you can even order seeds for a pre- planned giving garden from High Mowing Organic Seeds and you can see the Giving Garden design on Gardener Supply’s website It’s for a 4 by 8 area and what it’s meant to do is help you kind of maximize the efficiency and the output of your space so you can get the maximum amount of produce. And everything that’s in that plan is designed to mature at the same time. So it only involves one big trip down to your local food pantry. There’s also an opportunity to help out your food bank monetarily by participating in the Show What You Share photo contest which will start in August. So what you’ll do is you’ll take a picture of yourself with the food that you donate to your food bank and one winner will receive a $500 Gardener’s Supply gift card and Gardener’s Supply Company will donate $1,000 to that winner’s local food bank. For more info on that be sure to follow Gardener’s Supply on social media both Instagram and Facebook for more details on the contest as the date gets closer. So that’s it! I just want to encourage you guys one more time to join me and pledge to Garden to Give this year. I think it’s a really great program. I think it’s gonna really help people out. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to watch this video, and we will see you in the next one. Bye

62 thoughts on “Growing a #gardentogive! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ…// Garden Answer

  1. This is a great idea. The sad thing is my local food banks only take packaged, shelf safe foods. I can understand their reasonings to some degree but the results are the same: only 'unhealthy' food is affordable. Like its good people still get food, but In my community diabetes is highly prevalent, and particularly so with those that need assistance and participate in these programs. And the only foods they have access to are high in sugar, processed, and nothing fresh. :/ I sure hope your community does better.

  2. Crying this whole video!! (tears of joy) You are doing such great things and I am so grateful to have found this channel!

  3. It's so great of you to make a video promoting this initiative! I saw it weeks ago on the Gardener's Supply instagram and signed up immediately.

  4. Oh my just filled my heart with pure joy! My girls are going to love this video and want to join in. We are starting to take on vegetables and what awesome way but for a purpose. This is awesome!

  5. As always was excited to see your face on video notifications. ๐Ÿ™‚ I live across the river from you here in Payette, ID. I have experience with local food pantries, primarily Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP). The program you've shared is such a wonderful idea that is very viable contribution to all pantries serving our local communities. And much needed I might add. I live in an apartment that does not allow for in ground planting, so I do all of my gardening in containers. Other than fresh herbs and my "salsa" container garden I only grow flowering plants. I would love to contribute my time to anyone locally that will be pledging to this project. Or that may want or need assistance in growing and maintaining their own gardens. I would love to volunteer my time assistance in any way I can. So if you know of anyone that may need assistance in this area, or even if you need a volunteer for any of your garden needs, please keep me in mind. Your direction would be greatly appreciated.
    "Dirt Therapy" is a constant for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ In winter it is in growing and nurturing house plants, etc. I LOVE gardening and LOVE your videos because I learn so much from you. So thank you and your husband for all your hard work and dedication to your gardening channel, the community, and for bringing such a wonderful project to our attention.
    If you've the time, which I know is precious for you, I would greatly appreciate your feedback & direction in volunteering to help with growing this project locally in our communities. Have a great rest of your week ๐Ÿ™‚ and sorry about the lengthy comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    PS- my dear longtime friend Trina & her husband purchased your previous home. Small world isn't it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cordially,
    Your neighbor & fan <3
    Kay
    [email protected]

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  7. I actually stumbled upon this on Gardeners Supply's website a couple weeks ago and saw a Veterans benefiting food pantry in my area. My husband is a combat war veteran and any cause serving veterans is something we will support. We will be giving our garden! Thanks for bringing this cause some attention Laura!

  8. Really awesome. If everybody would share what they have/grow it would be amazing how many people could benefit. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  9. Great idea and great program to be a part of! I love it!! Thank you Laura and Gardener Supply Company!! Im so down to participate in this program! Cant wait to see everyone's pictures!!

  10. YEAH! we do this for the St. Pete free clinic. Nothing makes people get healthy like fresh produce. You go Girl!

  11. That is really fantastic that you're doing this, but I unfortunately where I live there's a lot of snail's and bugs. Tried to growing tomato plants and they were just eating up. I pray you get thousands of people to join up. You are such a caring and loving personโ˜บ

  12. Love this idea I have been wanting to give back for what was done for me when I was homeless but the Lord has blessed me with land and now I can grow some food to give to those in need I know their pain

  13. People did donate fresh food to the homeless shelter in the town I lived in .The people did not get it ,,The managment said it had to be FDA approved. I was there when it happened.

  14. Thank you so much, I am in the midst of starting a school garden at my high school and really appreciate the free seeds as well as the opportunity to help my community!!

  15. So awesome Laura, I just wish more people did this sort of thing, there is so much waste, and it could benefit so many people, thanks for this video.

  16. Laura, I am the volunteer director at our local Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen here in Leonardtown Maryland, and I would just like to say how much donations of fresh produce helps us keep our doors open. Thanks to farmers and growers that donate fresh produce to all the food pantries across America! God Bless you and your family for promoting this.

  17. We already give our produce away to out family friends and neighbors already but this is a good idea to give to those in need,

  18. This is so exciting! I just got involved in a community garden that donates the vegetables to a local food pantry. Last year they donated 2,500 lbs of vegetables to this organization.

  19. This is a great program. I hope you don't mind, but I shared your video on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Years ago when I lived in my own home, I had a huge vegetable garden and always had so much produce left over, so I kept my neighbors and friends in supply all the time … it was a great honour for me at that time to give, as I believe it's better to give than receive … I loved it. Also here in Townsville Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ our schools do this, they have their gardens where the children have to look after them and they get to either take it home or give it to a charity … what an amazing thing to teach or children of today. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•Š

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