Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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Garden Grants Available in NC

NC Park & Recreation Association has some grant money available – for community garden projects that are run through a Park and Rec for a community garden on public land.  It must be on public land, and must be in cooperation with your local Parks and Rec Dept. If you are in these NC counties, they would love for your P&R to apply: 

Anson, Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Caswell, Chowan, Columbus, Davie, Graham, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Henderson, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Randolph, Scotland, Swain, Union, Vance, Washington, Yadkin and Yancey


Start a community garden or refurbish an existing one! Contact Michelle at: 919-832-5868 |     The application is online at


The amount of funding varies with a maximum of $3.000 but could be less. The deadline for this "second chance" is June 17th.


Food, Gas and Gardening – North Carolina Neighbors Working Together Are Making a Difference

Local residents work collectively to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labors as increasing fuel prices drive the cost of food higher.

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Garden Plant Giveaway & Music Festival 2012 Details

Hello, friends of Grow And Share.

Our latest newsletter is now available online. This includes information on volunteer needs, upcoming free gardening classes, and our combined Garden Plant Giveaway & Music Festival 2012.

For those of you interested in selling goods or handing out information during the festival, or sponsoring it outright, please review the supporter details flyer available on this link.

 We look forward to helping you grow your gardens, eat well, and share your harvest in 2012!


Happy New Year!

We are officially in 2012, and the growing season — ongoing in NC — will be kicking into high gear by March.

March you will be able to plant your beans, peas, and other seeds so that they will sprout when the ground gets warm enough.  Nature takes care of this!

April you can put out plants like tomatoes, peppers, cukes, etc. and Grow And Share will be holding a large Garden Plant Giveaway — combined with our annual Music Festival — on April 14th.  We hope you will all plan to come by on this special Saturday in April and pick up the plants you need while enjoying a day of chatting with expert gardeners.

A special THANK YOU again to Chad Kibbe and his scout troop for spending their January 1st of 2011 building the benches/shelving in the Tucker Greenhouse here in Zebulon.  All through 2011 we were able to grow plants to give away — both in Spring and in Fall.  The shelving is positioned for easy watering, and holds upwards of 8,000 plants!  This effort on Mr. Kibbe’s part expanded our space in the greenhouse so much that we were easily able to grow more than 14,000 plants *and* allow a girl scout from Cary to have space for an additional 2,000 to 3,000 plants of her own.

Also a big THANK YOU to RTI International for their grant, which allowed us to expand into Fall Plant Giveaways too, plus will be funding new garden installations continuing into 2012.

Thank you very much to all of you who brought food to the tables throughout NC through your volunteer efforts, gardening, and donations of funding and supplies.  We look forward to working with you more in 2012 to fight hunger.  Your time, money, and recycled supplies are helping us all to — as a team — roll up our sleeves and make a difference.  Let’s fill more hungry tummies this year!

Neighborhoods interested in growing together may contact us regarding installation of free or low-cost gardens throughout their neighborhood to get them growing together and feeding each other… let’s hope we can all eat better in 2012 and beat hunger by increasing the amount of local produce avaialable to give away hand-to-hand without folks worrying about breaking their budget to get it!

Welcome, dear friends, to 2012.

Kay and Frank Whatley

Co-founders of Grow And Share, a NC-based (and US-focused) non-profit.  (We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.)

Fighting Hunger from the Ground Up™



Two classes are scheduled for October 2011.  These will cover year-round gardening, garden preparation, and much more.

Classes are free, and are held as part of our mission to help US residents become gardeners — or expand gardens — to feed themselves and their communities from within.

October 9th at 1pm the class will be held in Zebulon NC at the “Tucker” greenhouse in Zebulon, NC.  If you’ve been to classes before, it is the greenhouse on Harrison Street.

October 30th at 1pm the class will be held in Clayton NC and will include Fall/Halloween goodies in addition to the class.

Call to register, or watch for more details in our upcoming newsletter.  (Our newsletters are online at


Funding for Gardening Education

RTI International Supports Local Non-Profit Grow And Share

Zebulon, NC, July 7, 2011 - Grow And Share, a non-profit fighting hunger at the local level, recently received a corporate contribution from RTI International of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This RTI 2011 Community Partnerships Program contribution will provide funding for Grow And Share’s gardening programs in Fall 2011.

The contribution will be used to augment gardener education by providing necessary supplies to grow food throughout the Triangle and Eastern NC. It will also provide supplies for a greenhouse upgrade, extending food-growth potential.

During late Summer and Fall, classes will be held by Grow And Share to teach year-round gardening. Plants and seeds will be distributed to local gardeners who attend workshops and Pledge To Share their Fall harvests with their communities and local food banks.

“This contribution from RTI is going to help expand local food growth, allowing us to teach local residents about growing food in year-round gardens and provide them with Fall plants and seeds for their Sharing Gardens,” Kay Whatley of Grow And Share said. “Across the local area, this can increase the amount of healthy food grown locally and available to those in need.”

Grow and Share is one of 86 charitable organizations selected to receive charitable contributions as part of RTI’s 2011 Community Partnerships Program.

The program, created in 2004, is one way in which RTI contributes to the communities served by its regional offices and subsidiaries, as part of its mission to improve the human condition. Other organizations funded include children’s, disabilities and health programs. The program is based on RTI employee nominations of charitable organizations to RTI’s Corporate Contributions Board.

Grow And Share was nominated for the award by Jamie Wescott, an employee of RTI. “I first learned about Grow And Share when I volunteered to help build a greenhouse on the MLK Day of Service,” Jamie said. “I was impressed by their idea, passion, and dedication, and I wanted to help in any way I could. As a co-chair of the RTP Community Supported Agriculture program, I believe in the Grow and Share mission. Its work perfectly aligns within RTI’s values, and I am happy that we were able to support them.”

About RTI International

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Established in 1958 as the Research Triangle Institute, RTI has a distinguished history of scientific achievement in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis. RTI’s staff of more than 2,800 supports projects in more than 40 countries.

About Grow And Share

Grow And Share is a NC-based organization fighting hunger at the local level by growing interest in gardening and local foods for sharing. Activities engage residents in gardening as a way of improving their community food supply. Grow And Share holds gardening classes, conducts plant giveaways, provides supplies to Sharing Gardeners, and organizes food giveaways with local organizations to distribute produce to those in need. Their goal is to  help residents provide food for themselves and their communities. Grow And Share: Fighting Hunger from The Ground Up™.


Garden Plant Giveaway

Grow And Share

Garden Plant Giveaway / Gratis Las Plantas De Jardín

?Saturday, April 30, 2011 / Sábado 30 de Abril?

11:00a.m. - ?*

New Hope Baptist Church, 4301 Louisburg Road Raleigh, NC


tomato (tomate)

pepper (pimientas)

melons (melón)

squash (la calabaza)

and more (y mas).

Plants are free to Pledged Gardeners, who promise to grow produce and share with their community. (Para las plantas de jardín libres, los jardineros firman nuestro compromiso para compartir su cosecha.)

To receive free plants (Para recibir las plantas libres ):

1. Come to the giveaway. (Venido al acontecimiento.)

2. Fill out and sign our Pledge To Share.
(Complete y firme nuestro compromiso para compartir.)

3. Choose up to 24 plants. (Elija hasta 24 plantas.)

4. Plant seedlings at home. (Planta las plantas en tu jardin.)

5. Enjoy watching your garden grow! (¡Mire su jardín crecer!)

6. Harvest, eat, and share with neighbors-in-need and local food banks. (La cosecha, come, y parte con vecino-en-necesita y los bancos de alimento locales.)

*When plants are gone, the giveaway ends. (Cuando se van las plantas, el sorteo termina.)

Quantities are limited. (Las cantidades de todos los artículos son limitadas.)

You can grow and share with your own plants or seeds! If you would like to be a Grow And Share gardener in 2011, contact us to sign a Pledge. (¡Usted puede crecer y parte con sus propias plantas o semillas! Si usted quisiera ser jardinero del Grow And Share en 2011, éntrenos en contacto con para firmar un compromiso.)


Bugs Class, 5K Walk

Our next class is this Saturday at 9:00am.  It is open to all ages and is free.

Saturday, March 26: Bugs and More

  • Beneficial Bugs and Garden Pests
  • Bees, Please!
  • Trees and Bushes Grow Food Too

There may be some slight modification to this plan, with the beneficial bugs and garden pests given priority over the time.

If you plan to attend, call or email and let us know.  We need students to register to ensure enough space and supplies for all.

March 26th is also the day our Grow And Share Team is walking in the Great Human Race's 5K walk in Durham, NC.  If you're walking with our Team:

  1. Call or email and let us know.  We'll get you on our roster.
  2. Print the fundraising form on page 2 of our March newsletter.
  3. Use the form to have your family, friends, and colleagues sponsor you.
  4. Come to the start of the Great Human Race at 8:30am Saturday and join the team. Your form and money should be turned in before the start of the race.
  5. Enjoy a pleasant walk with us; race is over by about 11:30am and refreshments are provided by the Great Human Race organizers.

February 2011 Newsletter with Free Garden Classes and Garden Giveaway Details

Hello gardeners, curious visitors, and friends of grow and share:

We have released our latest newsletter (February 2011, The Garden's Edge).  It is now available via this link: .

This issue includes news on our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.  It also spotlights recent happenings.  The back page includes details of the 2011 Garden Plant Giveaway.  Hope you find it a useful and informative issue!


Grow First, then Share

Ready for a new venture for 2011? Grow your own vegetables.

Join us at Grow and Share Greenhouse, 70 Harrison Street, Zebulon, NC, 9:00 A.M. to 11:00A.M. on Saturdays.  You will receive hands-on gardening instructions to plant, nurture and harvest your vegetables.

Bring your gardening gloves.  All supplies and products are provided.

Grow and Share's 2011 classes include:

* January 29: Seeds, Planting & Watering
* February 12: Seedlings & Transplanting
* February 26: Designing Your Garden

Classes are free to all ages.  Donations are appreciated.

For more information on exact dates, contact us at 1.919.269.5414 or email us at

About Grow and Share
Grow and Share provides plants and assistance to North Carolina residents willing to plant "Sharing Gardens(TM)" on their own property.  Regardless of your income, each person can learn to provide food for his/her family and share the excess with the local community.  The program includes gardening education, hands-on activities in the greenhouse where soil and seeds are provided to start a home garden.   Grow And Share: Fighting hunger from the ground up(TM).

Web site:
Newsletter site:


Kay Whatley
Creative Director
Grow And Share
70 Harrison Street
Zebulon NC 27597

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year to all of our gardeners, supporters, friends, and volunteers!

It is almost midnight.  There is still time to make a donation to help Grow And Share's educational efforts toward gardening and community building. (

While we are thankful for donations, we would really like to have more of you growing gardens andsharing your harvest with your neighbors!  Wherever you are in the US, you can grow a garden and share with those near you including your local food bank!  If your within an easy drive of Zebulon NC we'd love to help you start your garden with our plants, given away in April (April 30, 2011).

To sign up as a Sharing Gardener, you can fill out this online form which will notify us that you wish to grow and share with us in 2011: .

Let's fight hunger in the coming year by making good, healthy produce available all over the United States of America!

PS - The New Year starts tomorrow.  We still have Gardener's Calendars for 2011 available.  Contact us to make a donation and receive our calendar as a thank you!


Grow And Share Ramping up for 2011

So excited about planting in January!! It will be here before I know it. Some really high quality soil will be here soon.

Couple of things for those of you interested in helping:

- MLK Day Of Service we're building a school garden in Franklinton NC and could use some help (and lumber!)

- We have Gardener's Calendars for 2011 that tell you what can be planted in each month. Donate and we'll send you one. :-)

Look forward to growing food with you all in 2011!

Tomatoes & Spinach & Carrots, Oh My!

One of the ways that my Mom fueled our gardening interest was to let us choose a unique type of seed each year. We chose and grew unusual vegetables, cotton, gourds, and even flowers.

We hope to use this lesson from my Mom and introduce unusual seed during the Grow And Share children’s educational classes at the greenhouse…. and when we present at schools or scout troop meetings.

These are seeds we request from donors:.

  • white, yelow, or purple carrot seed
  • black watermelon seed
  • black, yellow, pink, purple, or green tomato seed
  • purple or regular spinach (need LOTS of this fast-growing seed)
  • red, purple, and regular lettuce

Will you help? If so, please purchase the seeds and ship them to Grow And Share, 70 Harrison Street, Zebulon NC 27597.  We suggest heirloom seeds but accept hybrids and regular seeds.  We do not accept GMO seed.

Looking for end of year tax deduction?  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.  Donate seeds (or funds) to Grow And Share before the end of 2010!  We’ll get you your nonprofit donation receipt right away.   Be sure to ship seeds by mid-December to ensure they arrive in time.


Local Food Radio Program

TONIGHT: Sunday 6pm, tune to Rush Radio (106.1FM Raleigh) - Sybil McGuire interviews Grow And Share "Around The Triangle" radio program.  Hope you can tune in and listen to discussion about local food, health, gardening, and more.

Supplies Needed

We are fundraising now to expand our educational offerings for schools and parents, and prepare for the Spring plantings, when we give away garden plants to US residents who sign a Pledge To Share from their garden.

We have a (chicken) Plate Sale fundraiser this upcoming weekend in Zebulon NC and are seeking help from local farmers and growers. We need the following supplies ASAP (we hope you will donate):

- chickens (150+)
- 50lbs of locally grown potatoes
- 10 to 20lbs of locally grown tomatoes
- barbecue sauce
- 10 to 20lbs of locally grown green beans

Please email if you can help. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and can provide a receipt for your donation.

Thank you!

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