Grow And Share

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


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




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


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.


Local Non-Profit Awarded Grant by Annie's HomeGrown

Zebulon, NC, September 18, 2009 - Grow And Share, a non-profit fighting hunger at the local level, recently received a grant from Annie's Homegrown of Napa, California. This "Grants for Gardens" award provides some funding for Grow And Share's gardening programs in Spring 2010.

The grant will be used to purchase garden seed and growing supplies. During the Spring, a planting event will be held during which children will learn about growing their own food and assist with seed planting. The resulting plants will later be distributed to local gardeners who pledge to share their harvests in the community.

"This grant from Annie's is going to help fund our children's gardening activities, allowing us to teach young people about growing their own food," Kay Whatley of Grow And Share said. "Across their lifetimes, it can impact how they think about healthy foods."

The grant is one of several awarded to gardens across the United States. "At Annie's, we believe that gardens are important places to connect kids with real food," said Aimee Sands, Marketing Director at Annie's Homegrown. "There's something magical about watching a child sample the lettuce they've grown, or dig up new potatoes for the first time. We're proud our Grants for Gardens encourage and support this type of education at community gardens across the country."

From the Annie's website, Annie's Homegrown is driven by a team of folks who are passionate about three things: food, people, and the planet we all share. The Napa-based company's philosophy is "Eat Responsibly. Act Responsibly."

Grow And Share is a NC-based organization fighting hunger at the local level by growing interest in gardening and local foods. Activities engage residents in gardening as a way of improviding their community food supply. Grow And Share conducts plant giveaways, gives supplies to new gardeners, and organizes food giveaways with local organizations to distribute produce to those in need. Their goal is to provide help residents provide food for themselves and extra to share with their community.



Kay Whatley

Creative Director

Grow And Share

70 Harrison Street

Zebulon NC 27597




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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