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Fresh Food For All

Providing fresh food and garden connections to under-served and low-income individuals and families.

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Comment by Community Cooperative on March 19, 2014 at 10:43am

Would love to hear about other projects to increase access to fresh food and gardening for low-income households. We've partnered on Urban Farmers In Training that connected homeless individuals with gardening training and land to grow food for eating and selling at farmer's markets, grown our own food for use in Meals On Wheels, soup kitchen and food pantry meals and worked with volunteers to keep our projects successful.   

Comment by Barbara Dahlbach on March 19, 2014 at 5:01pm

Being in a very rural area we are teaching 5 classes on gardening and then how to take those vegetable to the table.   We also want to provide plants, seeds, containers to those who need the help.

 

Comment by Community Cooperative on March 24, 2014 at 4:02pm

We had several volunteers helping build a trellis and improving our garden area last weekend. Our program serves homeless, under-served families and individuals, children and seniors in Lee County Florida.

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Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 25, 2014 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

How do you thank your garden volunteers? Maintaining school and community gardens is a group effort and it's tough to ask for more from the same group of volunteers again and again. Show your appreciation and attract new volunteers by offering perks like extra plants and produce and providing alternative volunteer opportunities like taking photographs, updating webpages or posting on social media. For more tips see our article on valuing…

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Summer Bird Feeding Tips

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 21, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

We're often advised to plant red flowers to attract hummingbirds. But do you know why this color is so alluring to hummers? I was surprised to learn from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that it's not because of an inherent preference for red. Turns out that other nectar sippers like bees and butterflies have an easier time finding pale colored flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them because they aren't visited as often by…

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Tips for maintaining container gardens

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 18, 2014 at 8:59am 0 Comments

Container plantings often begin to look a little "peaked" by midsummer. If blossoming is getting sparse on trailing plants like petunias, cut them back to stimulate a new flush of growth and flowers. If your pot or hanging basket contains several plants, trim back any that have grown so vigorously they are over-running their neighbors. Some plants, lobelia for example, may take a break from blooming in the summer heat. Trim them back and you'll get a new flush of blossoms as the weather…

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Regional Gardening Reports

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 15, 2014 at 7:52am 0 Comments

July is a busy month for gardeners. We're planting, harvesting, weeding, watering, and simply enjoying the garden's beauty and bounty. Find out what’s up in your region in this month’s Regional Gardening Report.http://www.garden.org/regional/report

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