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!


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™.


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!


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



Grow And Share Joins The Great Human Race

February 15, 2010 Zebulon, NC. Fighting hunger takes a new path during the March 27th Great Human Race in and around Durham. A local non-profit plans to pound the pavement with supporters from all walks of life, raising funds for their local fight against hunger. raising $14,000 for expanding the organization’s educational materials and on-the-ground planting and distribution services, and engaging at least fifty walkers for their team. Grow And Share expects community champions will stand together on race day, supporting each other’s causes.

"The Great Human Race gives us an opportunity to hold our own 5K inside their race," explains Kay Whatley, Creative Director with Grow And Share. "Grow And Share has joined the race, formed a team, and is encouraging our volunteers to participate in this walk to draw attention to local hunger issues."

Non-profits do good works in their communities and require funding for the materials, projects, and personnel to support various projects. Great Human Race offers non-profit organizations a first-quarter funding opportunity to raising funds without incurring usual costs.

According to Tammy Dorfman, organizer of the Great Human Race, "The Great Human Race 5k, hosted by the Volunteer Center of Durham, is celebrating it's 15th anniversary. We are so excited to have the opportunity to offer this event to the nonprofit community each year. During the last 14 years, more than $1 million has been raised by hundreds of nonprofit groups. Last year, a record $200,000 was raised by the nonprofit community and this year is shaping up to be another record breaking year. The Great Human Race is also simply a fun day for nonprofit agencies and their supporters. The entertainment this year will be fun for everyone - live music, food and an inflatable playground for the kid in everyone will be available. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy the morning's activities!"

Grow And Share’s team organizers are focused on two race goals

Grow And Share's concept is simple. Grow And Share helps communities grow gardens, facilitating plant giveaways to willing gardeners, who then harvest fresh food to share in their communities. This April, Grow And Share will be giving away well over 10,000 seedlings to local gardeners. While all plants are free, gardeners must sign a pledge to share their harvest within their communities. Their gardens produce thousands of pounds of produce every year.

For more information on the Great Human Race, to donate to the Grow And Share Team, or to join the Team and raise funds to fight hunger, visit

About Grow And Share

Grow And Share is an organization 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.

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Kay Whatley, Creative Director

Grow And Share


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.


Wanted: Seeds for veggies, melons, beans, etc. for Non-profit

Non-profit GROW AND SHARE is seeking seed. If you have any packets you won't be using, or even parts of leftover packets, we would love to have them. Please visit for address/phone to donate by mailing them or to arrange pickup for larger amounts of seed.

We focus on shared and community gardening to fight hunger. Donate your un-needed seed, we will grow your seeds into plants, and in April we will give the plants away to gardeners in many neighborhoods. The food grown on those plants will be shared with neighbors, strangers in need, and food banks.

Help us get lots of healthy garden produce into the hands of the needy, and to help US residents eat healthier from local gardens!

We ESPECIALLY need tomato seeds and greens seeds. All vegetable/fruit/legume seeds are welcome. No flowers, please, unless they are edibles. :-)

Thank you in advance for your donation!


Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year 2010! We have a whole new year ahead!

At Grow And Share, we have plans that will get many plants into US communities, help many gardeners across the US grow food, and start many new gardens feeding US residents. More information on becoming a Grow And Share gardener may be found on our website:

If you are interested in fighting hunger through Grow And Share's garden projects, please visit our site and contact us directly.


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

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.


Kay Whatley
Creative Director
Grow And Share
70 Harrison Street
Zebulon NC 27597


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!


Yesterday was a good, busy day preparing to put in the new greenhouse.  We got some help clearing out some trees.  More information and photos are online at

We're looking forward to expanding our greenhouse space.  In April, we'll be giving away approximately 10,000 plants.  Garden plants are free to US residents who sign a pledge to share their harvest.  Giveaways will take place in Wake and Franklin counties, but you don't have to live in this area to come and get the free plants.


School Garden Budget

School gardens are possible without government grants or use of US tax dollars.  A little elbow grease and some local support can get your school garden growing with little or no expense.  [Read More]
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