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.
You 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:
How to donate
Ready to drop off that extra produce? Visit www.ampleharvest.org, a nationwide effort to help gardeners locate hunger-relief agencies in their area. Oregon Food Bank Partner Agencies in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties that are interested in receiving donations of fresh produce are listed on the Ample Harvest website.
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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.
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.