Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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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™.


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.


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).


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.

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




Grow And Share gardeners reporting good news, preparing for next year's garden plant giveaway

We’ve been getting emails and phone calls from our gardeners lately, letting us know that the plants from the plant giveaway are growing well. It makes us happy to know that those little plants we started in the greenhouse have traveled far and grown well. Thank you all for letting us know that you are sharing food from the plants we shared with you!

When we did the Garden Plant Giveaway in April, we were able to give each gardener who signed our pledge (to share) about 5 pots of plants. Each pot had an average of 3 plants, so we were able to give away about 15 plants per person.

For next year, we are gathering pots and are planning to give approximately 2 dozen plants per person. Depending on what pots are donated, and what funding we have to buy more, each gardener in 2010 will either get 2 dozen small plots with one plant each, or a variety of mixed size pots with 1 to 5 plants each. We’ll know more as we get into the Fall.

We are ALSO gathering seeds, not just pots! Whether you have a seed packet with seeds left in it, or seeds you took from veggies you grew (or bought at the store), we would love to have them. Get the seeds to us any way that you can and we will put them away and start planning for the March sowing in 2010.

FINALLY, not only will we will need to grow more plants to give away more to each gardener, we are expanding our 2010 giveaways so that we will hold one in Franklin County and a separate one in Wake Counties (gardeners can be from ANY NC county to get free plants). Our greenhouse, which Frank made from recycled windows, will need to have an addition put on it. If you have a greenhouse that you can give to us, or even a good supply of windows that you can donate, please call. We want to get these things in place before Fall this year.

Take care, and thank you to those who are sharing their garden goodies with neighbors, friends, and strangers!!


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.


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