Gardeners give to local food banks

It’s starting to be that time again, at least here in Portland, where gardeners begin to think about their vegetable gardens. This year  consider planting an extra row or two to share with your local food pantry.

Gardeners last year donated more than 81, 000 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens and other food agencies in the Portland metro area.

So dig some dirt, plant an extra row and plan to donate your surplus to one of the food agencies in your town.

Most wanted produce includes: tomatoes (picked slightly under ripe) green beans, garlic, onions, cucumbers, zucchini (hey there is a new use for all that zucchini), beets and summer squash.

For gardening resources or to find a partner agency, visit http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/plantarow.

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