Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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Share produce, help the needy, Saturdays this Summer

Picking this week - Wednesday & Friday mornings in Zebulon we will be picking and need VOLUNTEERS to help us pick / glean. Call the number below if you can help.

All the produce we collect will be distributed to the needy through Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon.  Their free produce farm stand will be open Saturdays 9-11am starting June 26th. If you know a family in need, let them know to come by.

PLEASE SHARE: If you have any extra produce from your farm or garden and can share it, contact us and we can pick it up before the Saturday food giveaway.

Kay Whatley

Grow And Share




Baseball Radio Network Aims to Grow More Than Ratings!

Baseball Radio Network Aims to Grow More Than Ratings!

Play-by-Play Sports Properties To Team Up With Local Non-Profit on Mudcats Broadcasts


Zebulon, NC, March 1, 2010-- 


            Grow and Share is a unique Zebulon based non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthy fruits and vegetables to U.S. residents through food education and widespread gardening.  The organization’s website provides assistance to homeowners willing to start or expand their own gardens while pledging to share produce with those in need. This season, Grow and Share will get a big boost from the Carolina Mudcats broadcast booth.


            Grow and Share recently attracted the attention of Joe Bourdow and Patrick Kinas who will produce radio and Internet broadcasts this season for the Carolina Mudcats through their Play-by-Play Sports Properties venture on an expanded local network led by the powerful “flagship” radio signal from WDWG 98.5 FM.


            “Grow and Share offers a creative approach to combating hunger, a big problem nationwide and here in our local communities,” says Joe Bourdow, Play-by-Play Chairman. Bourdow who recently retired after thirty-one years as President of Valpak, the national direct mail advertising company, wanted to use the baseball broadcasts as a vehicle to help the community in a meaningful and sustaining way.


            “I have been involved with fighting hunger over the years through volunteer work Valpak has done with the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Food Drive, the St. Petersburg, Florida Free Clinic Food Bank and other organizations.  Grow and Share is a relatively new organization doing impressive and important work and they are doing it just down the street from our ballpark. We have decided to try and help by letting our audience know how they can help grow and share healthy food”, he said.


            “We will all be cheering for our local team this spring and summer,” says Kay Whatley, Creative Director for Grow and Share.  “We are excited that many of the more than quarter million fans coming out to Five County Stadium this season will be following the team on the radio and the Internet and will hear our message.  We think that this new relationship will help us significantly increase our participation, production and distribution of healthy food for those in the communities we both serve, “ Whatley said.


            This year the Mudcats will be heard throughout the five county area on radio from 98.5 FM as well as in Raleigh on WDOX 570AM.  The broadcasts are also streamed live on the Internet at and on the official website for minor league baseball  The 2010 Mudcats (AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) open on the road at Birmingham April 8th.  Home Opener at Five County Stadium is April 14th at 7:15pm.


            For more information about Grow and Share, visit For businesses interested in advertising on the Carolina Mudcats Baseball Network and reaching fans throughout the area contact or visit the company’s website at


About Play-by-Play Sports Properties, LLC

            Play-by-Play Sports Properties, LLC has been licensed by the Mudcats to broadcast all 140 regular season games as well as the championship series games (if the team qualifies) and is the first such company to license broadcast rights from a minor league team.


About Grow and Share

Grow and Share is an organization dedicated to fighting hunger “from the ground up” tm by growing interest in gardening, local foods, food education and community building through harvest sharing. Grow and Share helps communities help themselves.




Joe Bourdow



Kay Whatley



Local Non-Profit Awarded Grant by Annie's HomeGrown

Zebulon, NC, September 18, 2009 - Grow And Share, a non-profit fighting hunger at the local level, recently received a grant from Annie's Homegrown of Napa, California. This "Grants for Gardens" award provides some funding for Grow And Share's gardening programs in Spring 2010.

The grant will be used to purchase garden seed and growing supplies. During the Spring, a planting event will be held during which children will learn about growing their own food and assist with seed planting. The resulting plants will later be distributed to local gardeners who pledge to share their harvests in the community.

"This grant from Annie's is going to help fund our children's gardening activities, allowing us to teach young people about growing their own food," Kay Whatley of Grow And Share said. "Across their lifetimes, it can impact how they think about healthy foods."

The grant is one of several awarded to gardens across the United States. "At Annie's, we believe that gardens are important places to connect kids with real food," said Aimee Sands, Marketing Director at Annie's Homegrown. "There's something magical about watching a child sample the lettuce they've grown, or dig up new potatoes for the first time. We're proud our Grants for Gardens encourage and support this type of education at community gardens across the country."

From the Annie's website, Annie's Homegrown is driven by a team of folks who are passionate about three things: food, people, and the planet we all share. The Napa-based company's philosophy is "Eat Responsibly. Act Responsibly."

Grow And Share is a NC-based organization fighting hunger at the local level by growing interest in gardening and local foods. Activities engage residents in gardening as a way of improviding their community food supply. Grow And Share conducts plant giveaways, gives supplies to new gardeners, and organizes food giveaways with local organizations to distribute produce to those in need. Their goal is to provide help residents provide food for themselves and extra to share with their community.



Kay Whatley

Creative Director

Grow And Share

70 Harrison Street

Zebulon NC 27597




Pictures from the garden food giveaways

Photos from the garden food giveaway

Pilot Baptist Church food giveaway signs 2009


food giveaway 2009


food giveaway 2009


food giveaway 2009


food giveaway 2009




Our garden is growing, and we'll soon (hopefully) have food to send to the "food banks"

Well, our tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, and beans are in flower and there are small veggies starting to show on the plants.  We're hopeful that within the next 14 days we'll be able to start harvesting.

All of the produce from our 2-acre "Sharing Garden™" will be donated to local distribution centers.  These specially chosen distributors will give the food away to any family/individual who shows up and says that they need food.

Hard times call for all of us to contribute however we can.  This is us doing our part.  I ache, and I'm sometimes tireder than I can believe, but I feel good about the food there will be soon to give away.


Local TV news segment on local food growing

A local news channel -- WRAL-TV -- came out to talk with us about what we are doing with Sharing Gardens -- getting more local food available in the community and getting more people growing larger gardens.

We gave the reporter, Stacy Davis, the Local Harvest website as one of our favorite resources.  So, she included a link on their channel's website!

The story and link are here --

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