Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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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 info@growandshare.org.

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: http://www.growandshare.org
Newsletter site: http://www.thegardensedge.org/

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Kay Whatley
Creative Director
Grow And Share
70 Harrison Street
Zebulon NC 27597
1.919.269.5414
info@growandshare.org
 
 

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.

 
 

Seeking Farmers to share what they know at our fundraiser

Our second annual fundraiser, the Grow And Share Music Festival 2010, will be held Labor Day Weekend near Raleigh NC.

The festival will again this year have Farm Education Stations.  We are seeking farmers to come and share what they know, from the very basics through intermediate farming and food growing topics.

Can you come and spend the day with us and share what you've learned with adults and children?  If so, contact me via Local Harvest, or call 1.919.269.5414.

Thank you!

 
 

School Gardens Will Grow Food to Eat, To Learn, And To Share

November 9, 2009 – Zebulon, NC USA

Elementary school teachers are going green in Franklin County, NC with installation of school gardens. Teachers are adding gardening to their lesson plans for science, nutrition, and other subjects. Produce grown in these gardens will feed the students, the teachers, and other local residents.

Working with Franklin County school teachers and Dale Byrns, Creative Education Office, several gardens are being installed. In Spring 2010, over 100 elementary school students will be growing food for themselves, learning about nutrition, working in the garden, and sharing their produce in the local community.

The first gardens — five raised beds — were installed November 4th at Long Mill Elementary. These raised bed gardens are overseen by several first grade teachers, first graders, volunteers, and representatives from Grow And Share. Over three tons of organic garden soil was used to build the gardens, with all the soil donated by Old Castle Lawn and Garden of Louisburg. Woodlief Supply Co. of Youngsville provided greens seed for some experimental Fall planting.

“It was great to see businesses in the community dive in and help these schools. Their contributions kept the total garden costs under $50 for all the school gardens,” said Frank Whatley of Grow And Share. Grow And Share, a local non-profit, delivered the supplies and donated landscape timbers for the beds. Additionally, Grow And Share will provide the students with free garden plants in April.

At Long Mill Elementary, the teachers are using this gardening experience to teach the students hands-on about the parts of a plant and how plants grow (a science objective). Growing the plants lines up with the teachers’ objectives of teaching science lessons on what a plant needs to grow. “The students will also be learning about health and nutrition as part of our health initiatives… good choices, food pyramid, etc.,” says First Grade Teacher Laurie Baker.

“We’re working with schools, girl scouts, brownies, and other children,” said Kay Whatley, Creative Director at Grow And Share, “helping the next generation hear the message: you can grow your own food. As adults, each will decide if gardening is something they want to do. We’re glad for the opportunity to work on youth-oriented projects like the school gardens.”

From Kimberly Ferrell, Long Mill Elementary School Principal: “It was an awesome opportunity for our First Grade students to see and understand the process of starting a garden. At Long Mill Elementary School our goal is to educate our students about healthy living and choices. This project is part of our Wellness program that leads to greater rewards in living fit.”

An additional school garden is planned for Franklinton Elementary, with groundbreaking expected in the first quarter of 2010. Students 1-5 in the AIG program at Franklinton Elementary will grow produce in the garden, and then share it with a local senior center.

Michelle McGhee, AIG Specialist at Franklinton Elementary, is in charge of that school’s garden. She says, “I am excited about getting in the dirt and providing my students hands-on gardening instruction. We will be learning about plants in our science study and will integrate the study throughout math and reading in my AIG classes for grades 1-5. My students will engage in planting seeds, pulling weeds, and harvesting the produce. We will distribute the vegetables at our local senior center where we can also provide community outreach. We just can’t wait to experience our own gardening.”

“Franklin County Schools recognizes that proper nutrition and healthy living habits are very important for a child’s education,” Franklin County Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said. “We are thankful for the efforts Grow And Share is putting forth to help the children and staff of Franklin County schools make healthy decisions.”

Both schools’ gardens will be in full swing by April, designed to allow students to harvest food before school ends for Summer Vacation. All students participating in the program will be able to give back to the community while learning to feed themselves.

About Franklin County Schools
Franklin County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina. For additional information on Franklin County Schools, contact Dale Byrns at (919) 496-7349 or visit www.fcschools.net.

About Grow And Share
Grow And Share is an organization fighting hunger from the ground up(TM) by growing interest in gardening and local foods. Activities include plant giveaways, gardens promoting, and gathering food for local organizations to distribute free. Grow And Share provides plants and assistance to North Carolina residents willing to plant “Sharing Gardens(TM)” on their own land. These gardens allow each person to provide food for their family with some to share with their community. New and existing gardeners pick up free garden plants each April and sign a pledge to share their harvest in their communities. By providing the plants at no charge, Grow And Share is ensuring even those who do not have the funds to spare can start gardening and grow food.

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Kay Whatley
Creative Director
Grow And Share
70 Harrison Street
Zebulon NC 27597
919.269.5414
info@growandshare.org

 
 

Franklin County School Gardens: First Installation scheduled!

Grow And Share is working with several Franklin County schools, providing supplies and assistance to install school gardens. The students and teachers will then tend the gardens in the Spring, eat their harvest, and share a portion of their harvest too.

We're looking forward to working with teachers and parents this coming Wednesday to install the first gardens... a series of 4 raised gardens for an elementary school.

Hopefully, following Wednesday's day-of-work we will have some photos to share!
 
 

Garden soil needed for school gardens

We are working with two elementary schools putting in gardens. The gardens are expected to be installed during October, barring no delays. One is needed at the start of October to fit with the teacher's lesson plans. We have materials, tillers, labor and seeds/plants we need.

We are seeking donations of garden soil -- preferrably organic garden soil -- for approximately 130 square feet (two areas at each of the two elementary schools). If your company or organization can donate this soil, please contact Kay at 919.269.5414 (Grow And Share).

 
 
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