Grow And Share

  (Zebulon, North Carolina)
fighting hunger from the ground up
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Garden Grants Available in NC

NC Park & Recreation Association has some grant money available – for community garden projects that are run through a Park and Rec for a community garden on public land.  It must be on public land, and must be in cooperation with your local Parks and Rec Dept. If you are in these NC counties, they would love for your P&R to apply: 
 

Anson, Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Caswell, Chowan, Columbus, Davie, Graham, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Henderson, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Randolph, Scotland, Swain, Union, Vance, Washington, Yadkin and Yancey

 

Start a community garden or refurbish an existing one! Contact Michelle at: 919-832-5868 | Michelle@ncrpa.net     The application is online at http://www.ncrpa.net/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=63

 

The amount of funding varies with a maximum of $3.000 but could be less. The deadline for this "second chance" is June 17th.

 
 

HANDS-IN-THE-DIRT OCTOBER



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 http://www.thegardensedge.org.)

 
 

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

PLANTS (PLANTAS):

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.
 
 

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!

 
 

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

919.269.5414

http://www.active.com/donate/ghr2010/growandshare.www.growandshare.org
 
 

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.

 
 

Documentary on local foods and Grow And Share's efforts fighting hunger

The filmmaker creating the documentary on Grow And Share and community food issues has created a brief "snippet" video. I hope that you will take the 2+ minutes to view it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j0qf11Cd0w

 

This first part of the documentary shows our MLK Day Of Service activity. It shows the volunteer team putting together the greenhouse donated by the Tucker family, erected for Grow And Share's use.

 
 

Greenhouse Status

We will be pulling the greenhouse poles out of the ground tomorrow and then moving them to the new site to put back in. Hard work but worth it!

We can still use volunteers to assist with moving the greenhouse (Zebulon in Wake County) and re-assembly (Zebulon/Pilot in Franklin County).

Moving will continue this Wednesday and Saturday, and then re-assembly will begin! We will be working pretty much every day from this Saturday through early January to get the greenhouse up.

Once we have the greenhouse working in January, we'll be planting 10,000 plants for giveaway in April.  (All US gardeners welcome to come to the giveaway for our free garden plants, as long as you are willing to sign our pledge to share your harvest.)

Please email or call if you are available to help in the next few weeks.

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I’d like to again thank our volunteers from this past Saturday. With help from Guerrilla Growfair (Crop Mob) we were able to dis-assembly the entire greenhouse! Helpers included Mitch A., Steven H., Paul B., Matt R., Fabian L., and of course Grow And Share’s own Frank W. and Kay W. We worked from early morning through about 4:30pm and accomplished quite a bit. Thank you all for helping!

 
 

Greenhouse 2 and request for your help

Greenhouse 2 is well on its way to relocation here at Grow And Share in Zebulon, NC USA.

This past weekend, volunteers Riley E., Mitch A., Craig A., AJ B., and Frank and Kay Whatley took down all of the electrical systems. Heater, fans, and other components have been taken down and readied for the move.

This upcoming Saturday, December 12th, a group of volunteers and the local Crop Mob will be taking down the greenhouse structure and plastic and loading it into trucks. We hope to move all the components to our site by the end of the weekend.

By the following week, re-construction at the new greenhouse site will be underway. The plan is to have the greenhouse re-built and electrical systems re-connected by the end of the year.

We could use a few more volunteers and some support. Please email Grow And Share if you can help us with:

- taking down the greenhouse this Saturday

- access to a large truck for moving the pipes and other pieces

- ASAP this week access to a bob cat to finish smoothing the greenhouse's new site, or donations to help us cover rental costs ($350 for a single day).

- assistance over the next two weeks with re-assembly

- donation of cinder blocks, boards, or heavy wire mesh to construct tables inside the greenhouse

- miscellaneous other help

We thank our generous benefactor for his donation of this wonderful, all-inclusive greenhouse. In January 2010 as the greenhouse is brought online, we will be dedicating it to this kind gentleman and his family. More details on the dedication will be posted at that time.

 
 

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

 
 

Sky over Zebulon/Pilot, NC in July 2009 (photo by Frank Whatley)

Here is another of Frank's sky photos.

Sky over Zebulon/Pilot NC in July 2009

 
 
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