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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Donate produce.

Several weeks ago, I encouraged gardeners to plant a row for the hungry. With 70 million gardeners in the US and 25 million Americans who are chronically hungry, this is an important request. By now, some of those early spring crops are maturing. Even those of us who aren't gardeners may have something to donate. If you have fruit or nut trees, consider donating some of the excess to those who could really use it.

So on this National Hunger Awareness Day, consider donating some of your produce to local food banks and community service agencies. Click here to find a food bank or food rescue organization near you.

3 comments:

Josita said...

Hi,
I found this a while ago. It is not about donating food, but a good way to eat healthy and support family-owned small farms, that have a hard time surviving in our mass-production economy. And you are also helping to save the environment at the same time!
The website is www.localharvest.org. The farms produce ony organic fruit and veggies and you buy directly from the farm. Here is what is says on the website:
"There are almost two million farms in the USA. About 80% of those are small farms, and a large percentage are family owned. More and more of these farmers are now selling their products directly to the public. They do this via CSA programs, Farmers' Markets, Food Coops, u-picks, farm stands, and other direct marketing channels. (...)
Large scale chemical agriculture is poisoning our soils and our water, and weakening our communities. By buying direct from a family farm you can help put a stop to this unfortunate trend. By buying organic produce from your local farmer, you are working to maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant community, and a strong and sustainable local economy for you and your kids to thrive in."
Give it a try!

Karama said...

Hi Josita,

I'm so glad you are enjoying the blog! Thanks for the suggestion about localharvest.org. I did a post on that site and two related ones in late February: Buy fresh, buy local. Enjoy!

Howdy to Chris,

Karama

Josita said...

I should have known that you already had it covered :-).