Plant a Row Program

Your garden can help fight hunger when you plant an extra row to donate to hunger-relief agencies.

Plant a Row for the Hungry is a campaign of the Garden Writers Association.

Get started

Dirty Dozen Community Garden GuideYou can learn everything you need to know about starting a community garden from the American Community Gardening Association and the Dirty Dozen Community Garden Guide, a handy resource created by OFB volunteers.



What to grow

Food pantries and soup kitchens need produce that stores and transports well. Refrigerated space is often limited, so foods that don't require refrigeration are always wanted. Here are some recommendations:

  • Tomatoes (pick when slightly under-ripe)
  • Green beans
  • Winter squash (acorn or butternut)
  • Garlic
  • Hot peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Collard greens
  • Onions 

  • How to donate

    Ready to drop off that extra produce? Visit, a nationwide effort to help gardeners locate hunger-relief agencies in their area. Or, find a hunger-relief agency in your area using the map links below. 

    Are you planting a row? Let us know!!

    Other garden organizations


    • OSU Extension's Metro Master Gardener Program answers questions about gardens and household pests.
    • Metro provides gardening guides, a garden classes calendar and other resources.
    • The Organic Education Center (OEC) provides hands-on education to teach people about the sources of their food and the ease and abundance of organic gardening. It also serves as a regional resource hub for sustainable food growing.

    Multnomah County

    • Growing Gardens helps low-income people create home gardens, helps youth learn about gardening and provides educational workshops.
    • Portland Parks & Recreation organizes 32 community gardens in Portland neighborhoods.
    • Friends of Portland Community Gardens is a nonprofit working with Portland Parks & Recreation to raise funds, secure land and organize activities and events in Portland's community gardens.
    • The Learning Garden Laboratory is an 11-acre garden education site providing hands-on experience in sustainable gardening and nutrition.
    • Janus Youth Program's Village Gardens provides garden plots, employment opportunities and more.

    Washington County

    Clark County

    Gardening materials



    Garden Calendars

    Are you planting a row? Let us know!