Grow And Share

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

 
 

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.
 
 

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
 
 

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.

 
 

Eastern Wake News Article about Grow And Share Non-Profit Activities

Thank you, Eastern Wake News & Denise Sherman, for today’s write-up of Grow And Share - http://www.easternwakenews.com/news/story/5464.html .  It includes information on Grow And Share’s history, its upcoming activities, and recent school gardens construction and scout meeting.

Reporter Sherman mentioned that she had become aware of Grow And Share because of the October Guideposts article.  She visited us this past week and interviewed us about our activities in 2009 and 2010.

The article mentions our goal of signing a minimm 1,000 Sharing Gardeners in Spring 2010.  Will you help feed US residents in need?  Drop us a note and we'll notify you of the garden plant giveaways, where you can pick up free plants and sign a pledge to share in your community.

 
 

Expansion

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 http://www.growandshare.org/?p=626.

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.

 
 

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: http://www.growandshare.org .

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.
 
 

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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