Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lettuce Link: Sharing your backyard bounty

This post, written by Jessica Sherrow, a Harvest Against Hunger Summer VISTA with Lettuce Link, originally appeared on the Lettuce Link blog. Jessica has been working with the P-Patch Giving Gardens this summer to support the growing and giving efforts. 

The sun is shining, the rain is (almost) gone, and plants are finally growing at an alarmingly fast rate. This time of year, we know exactly what all you gardeners are wondering:

What in the world am I going to do with all this zucchini??

We at Lettuce Link are excited to remind you of the perfect solution:


Food banks across Seattle have a continual need for fresh, nutritious produce, so what better way to cull your garden of those delicious but over-producing squash, greens, beans, and tomatoes than to share them with families who need it most?

And if your garden is not yet overflowing with excess veggies, consider growing an extra row for your local food bank as you plant your fall crops! It can be as small as a row of greens, or as big as a backyard committed entirely to giving (à la the Seattle Seedling). Big or small, every donation is appreciated!

To help you, here are a few pointers we've developed on growing and giving, and a list we've compiled on where to donate your veggies as well as the types of produce most popular at local food banks and meal programs. Thank you in advance for your time, work, and veggies, and believe us, there’s no such thing as too much zucchini...

If you need help, let us know!
Contact Jessica Sherrow, the Lettuce Link Summer VISTA with any questions, concerns, or requests for help with harvesting and/or donating! 206.694.6746 x2

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