It’s that time of year again, when gardeners everywhere begin planning, ordering and starting seeds. We’re still a couple months from our last frost date, but that didn’t stop me from ordering over $70 worth of seeds!
This Spring, we’re still deep in a recession with unemployment continuing to rise, and I wanted to do a little something to encourage you to help your neighbors and community by doing something gardeners have done for as long as there have been gardens: Share the Harvest! Except rather than “just” giving out of your unplanned surplus, I’d like you to consider planning now to plant a little extra, an extra row, an extra tomato plant, whatever you can squeeze in, so that you have a little more to give.
And think of someone or some organization to bless. If you have a few gardening friends willing to join you, think what that amount of garden fresh produce could mean to a struggling family!
If you do not know someone personally, ask your church or other local organizations. When I used to supervise visits at the homeless shelter, I never saw people as excited about dinner as when there was a fresh apple. Apparently, they don’t see much fresh fruit.
Also think about talking to local nurseries. Campbell’s in Lincoln is serving as a collection site for extra fresh produce and is distributing it to organizations serving families in need.
For a dollar or two in seed and a little extra weeding, you could have several pounds of fresh produce to bless a neighbor with.
Territorial Seed Company is encouraging you to Share the Harvest, too, by including a free packet of carrot seed in every order this year. They estimate if all these are planted, raised and donated, that would provide 2.5 million pounds of fresh, nutritious carrots to families in need!
And now for the giveaway part. I just need some help spreading the idea, so I’m asking you to share this post via link from your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account. Leave a comment with a link to where you shared, and I will enter you in the drawing to win a $15 gift certificate to Territorial Seed Company. Open to the US and Canada, but be aware that shipping costs may exceed the value of the certificate outside the continental US.
Feel free to use my button.
And the giveaway ends Friday March 19, 2010. I’d love to hear how you plan to Share the Harvest, and will post the link of all blogs participating. I’ll also share periodic updates about how our harvest sharing is going right up until we give it away.
If you haven’t already, you might also enjoy my free e-book, Developing Christian Character Through Gardening.
Disclosure: I am in no way connected to Territorial Seed Company. I just liked their carrot seed promotion, and they have gift certificates. I am paying for it myself and have received no compensation of any kind from Territorial Seed Company.