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™