Grow And Share

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


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!

Franklin County Farm in Today's News & Observer

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

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




Greenhouse sprouts everywhere

Well, we've got 10,00 plants growing in the greenhouse.  As best I can recall, this is the order that the sprouts appeared:

- cucumbers

- zucchini

- peas

- watermelons

- muskmelon

- cantaloupe

- brussel sprouts

- acorn squash

- beans (also very quick)

- cabbage (planted later, very fast sprouting)

- tomatoes

- okra

- peppers (take a long time it seems)

I think the greatest "surprise" was a small container of beans we planted late.  Frank was cooking some pinto beans and had a bag of dried beans from the store.  When putting them in to rinse, he spilled about a dozen onto the kitchen floor.  I scooped them up and put them in a round container of soil in the greenhouse.  They came up in just a few days, and at about two weeks growth they are 4-5 inches tall and very healthy looking!

I don't know if the beans will produce, as I only know they were pintos and don't know how they might have been grown or if they may be from hybrids.  We'll need to wait many more weeks before we see how they produce.  These will likely be part of our family garden, rather than part of the Garden Plant Giveaways we are doing in April, as we are experimenting to see how they do. :-)


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



Fundraiser to fight hunger - mark your calendar...become a sponsor

Grow And Share Music Festival 2010 fundraiser confirmed for Sunday, September 5th 2010.

This music festival is a fundraiser for Grow And Share, a non-profit fighting hunger through widespread gardening, produce sharing, and community building.

With live music, great food, farm education stations, gardening info, games, and family fun, this is a great event to attend as part of your Labor Day Weekend!

Admission and parking are free! Funds will be raised through donations, raffles, and sale of food and goodies.

Sponsorships and booths are available. Call 1.919.269.5414.

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