Excited about the upcoming fall planting season, and the bounty of broccoli, kale, and beets you’ll be harvesting just a couple of months away?
Join SFC’s Spread the Harvest program and share your garden’s abundance with neighbors in need!
Many of you may already know that Spread the Harvest is the gardening and food-sharing program through which SFC provides free seeds, seedlings, and compost to low-income gardeners to empower more Central Texans to grow, eat, and share our own fresh, nutritious produce. What many folks may not know is that this program also strives to help all gardeners share your harvest with food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, and other facilities that help children and adults find a meal when they are facing tough times. Because these facilities are often short on fresh produce, your home-grown fruits and vegetables are much-needed and always appreciated. As a member of Spread the Harvest, you’re welcome to collect gardening resources if you need them, or to simply join forces in the effort to share our harvest with those in need.
When you join Spread the Harvest, we’ll send you a packet of information that includes a list of all the food pantries in Travis County that accept donations of fresh produce, along with instructions for dropping donations off at each facility (we’ll also send a packet full of information about how to grow your own food organically in our Central Texan climate). Grow Local is especially interested in encouraging school and community garden groups to participate, so please help us spread the word! To learn more and download an application, click here. Let’s show that home, school, and community gardeners can make a huge difference for Central Texans in need!
Here’s a story from a Spread the Harvest gardener:
I don't know if you guys get to see the results of what Spread the Harvest allows families to do in their home gardens. I know you would be able to see all of the community spaces, but this program has done amazing things for our family. We have improved our diet by eating more organic produce than we could afford and we've decreased our grocery bill!
Better nutrition and spending less at the grocery store are great, but I really like that we are able to donate to the homeless soup kitchen downtown. I always take my children with me to harvest the food from the garden, pack it up in the mini-van and then drive it downtown to drop off. They get to see the whole process and our hope is that they learn compassion and generosity. STH has enabled us to be generous and to teach our children to do the same!