Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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Franklin County Farm in Today's News & Observer

Labor of love bears fruit - Food - - Heartwarming. Farm is built to be wheelchair accessible!

Greenhouse Status

We will be pulling the greenhouse poles out of the ground tomorrow and then moving them to the new site to put back in. Hard work but worth it!

We can still use volunteers to assist with moving the greenhouse (Zebulon in Wake County) and re-assembly (Zebulon/Pilot in Franklin County).

Moving will continue this Wednesday and Saturday, and then re-assembly will begin! We will be working pretty much every day from this Saturday through early January to get the greenhouse up.

Once we have the greenhouse working in January, we'll be planting 10,000 plants for giveaway in April.  (All US gardeners welcome to come to the giveaway for our free garden plants, as long as you are willing to sign our pledge to share your harvest.)

Please email or call if you are available to help in the next few weeks.


I’d like to again thank our volunteers from this past Saturday. With help from Guerrilla Growfair (Crop Mob) we were able to dis-assembly the entire greenhouse! Helpers included Mitch A., Steven H., Paul B., Matt R., Fabian L., and of course Grow And Share’s own Frank W. and Kay W. We worked from early morning through about 4:30pm and accomplished quite a bit. Thank you all for helping!


Greenhouse 2 and request for your help

Greenhouse 2 is well on its way to relocation here at Grow And Share in Zebulon, NC USA.

This past weekend, volunteers Riley E., Mitch A., Craig A., AJ B., and Frank and Kay Whatley took down all of the electrical systems. Heater, fans, and other components have been taken down and readied for the move.

This upcoming Saturday, December 12th, a group of volunteers and the local Crop Mob will be taking down the greenhouse structure and plastic and loading it into trucks. We hope to move all the components to our site by the end of the weekend.

By the following week, re-construction at the new greenhouse site will be underway. The plan is to have the greenhouse re-built and electrical systems re-connected by the end of the year.

We could use a few more volunteers and some support. Please email Grow And Share if you can help us with:

- taking down the greenhouse this Saturday

- access to a large truck for moving the pipes and other pieces

- ASAP this week access to a bob cat to finish smoothing the greenhouse's new site, or donations to help us cover rental costs ($350 for a single day).

- assistance over the next two weeks with re-assembly

- donation of cinder blocks, boards, or heavy wire mesh to construct tables inside the greenhouse

- miscellaneous other help

We thank our generous benefactor for his donation of this wonderful, all-inclusive greenhouse. In January 2010 as the greenhouse is brought online, we will be dedicating it to this kind gentleman and his family. More details on the dedication will be posted at that time.


Eastern Wake News Article about Grow And Share Non-Profit Activities

Thank you, Eastern Wake News & Denise Sherman, for today’s write-up of Grow And Share - .  It includes information on Grow And Share’s history, its upcoming activities, and recent school gardens construction and scout meeting.

Reporter Sherman mentioned that she had become aware of Grow And Share because of the October Guideposts article.  She visited us this past week and interviewed us about our activities in 2009 and 2010.

The article mentions our goal of signing a minimm 1,000 Sharing Gardeners in Spring 2010.  Will you help feed US residents in need?  Drop us a note and we'll notify you of the garden plant giveaways, where you can pick up free plants and sign a pledge to share in your community.


Planning for the 2010 Growing Season

This year, we gave away close to 2,000 garden plants and had many pledge-signed gardeners growing food to share. They were spread across Franklin, Wake, Vance, and Durham counties... possibly a few from Nash and Johnson Counties too.

Next year, our reach will grow! We are planning two giveaways of close to 10,000 garden plants. The giveaways will be in April, allowing folks to pick them up in time to plant their Spring/Summer gardens.

So far, we have one spot for a giveaway in Franklin County near Zebulon and Bunn NC. We're looking for the right spot in Raleigh where we can hold the second giveaway. Once we have both dates and locations set, they will be announced on our site: .

Whether you are already a gardener or just think you might try it, we hope you'll keep the giveaways in mind. It is a way to get your garden growing without major investment, making it easier for more people to try.

The "catch" is that to get the free plants, you sign a pledge to share your harvest. You can share with family, friends, neighbors, strangers, or food banks; that is your choice. We do provide some distribution sites to help if you don't know where to give your harvest away.

The economy is picking up, which is great. There are still families struggling to put enough food on the table. Help us reach many communities, make lots of fresh garden food available, and spread it around. With your help, we can chase hunger away, and bring positive change to the streets of NC and eventually communities throughout the United States of America.
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