Grow And Share

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

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Tomatoes & Spinach & Carrots, Oh My!

One of the ways that my Mom fueled our gardening interest was to let us choose a unique type of seed each year. We chose and grew unusual vegetables, cotton, gourds, and even flowers.

We hope to use this lesson from my Mom and introduce unusual seed during the Grow And Share children’s educational classes at the greenhouse…. and when we present at schools or scout troop meetings.

These are seeds we request from donors:.

  • white, yelow, or purple carrot seed
  • black watermelon seed
  • black, yellow, pink, purple, or green tomato seed
  • purple or regular spinach (need LOTS of this fast-growing seed)
  • red, purple, and regular lettuce

Will you help? If so, please purchase the seeds and ship them to Grow And Share, 70 Harrison Street, Zebulon NC 27597.  We suggest heirloom seeds but accept hybrids and regular seeds.  We do not accept GMO seed.

Looking for end of year tax deduction?  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.  Donate seeds (or funds) to Grow And Share before the end of 2010!  We’ll get you your nonprofit donation receipt right away.   Be sure to ship seeds by mid-December to ensure they arrive in 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 - .  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.



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]

Grow And Share gardeners reporting good news, preparing for next year's garden plant giveaway

We’ve been getting emails and phone calls from our gardeners lately, letting us know that the plants from the plant giveaway are growing well. It makes us happy to know that those little plants we started in the greenhouse have traveled far and grown well. Thank you all for letting us know that you are sharing food from the plants we shared with you!

When we did the Garden Plant Giveaway in April, we were able to give each gardener who signed our pledge (to share) about 5 pots of plants. Each pot had an average of 3 plants, so we were able to give away about 15 plants per person.

For next year, we are gathering pots and are planning to give approximately 2 dozen plants per person. Depending on what pots are donated, and what funding we have to buy more, each gardener in 2010 will either get 2 dozen small plots with one plant each, or a variety of mixed size pots with 1 to 5 plants each. We’ll know more as we get into the Fall.

We are ALSO gathering seeds, not just pots! Whether you have a seed packet with seeds left in it, or seeds you took from veggies you grew (or bought at the store), we would love to have them. Get the seeds to us any way that you can and we will put them away and start planning for the March sowing in 2010.

FINALLY, not only will we will need to grow more plants to give away more to each gardener, we are expanding our 2010 giveaways so that we will hold one in Franklin County and a separate one in Wake Counties (gardeners can be from ANY NC county to get free plants). Our greenhouse, which Frank made from recycled windows, will need to have an addition put on it. If you have a greenhouse that you can give to us, or even a good supply of windows that you can donate, please call. We want to get these things in place before Fall this year.

Take care, and thank you to those who are sharing their garden goodies with neighbors, friends, and strangers!!


Seeds germinating and popping through the surface, Yay!

Last weekend, we planted the two acre Bunn community Sharing Garden.  Everything grown in this garden will be given away to local families and local food distribution centers.

We planted the tomatillos, tomatoes, and Hatch's chile pepper plants that were left over from the Garden Plant Giveaway (an event through which we provided local gardeners with free plants so that they could grow food to give away too).

Then, Frankie spent 3 days planting seeds for radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, cucumbers, cantaloupes, peppers, beans, lima beans, peas, and more.  With a few hours of help from Jan A., he planted about 36 rows of seeds!  Not bad for a city boy. :-)

Yesterday (Friday), we stopped by to check things out, like we to pretty much every day.  We had a lot of rain this week, and we have been watching to ensure things didn't get washed away.  All held like a charm, and very little soil movig was needed to cover exposed seeds or plants.

We actually got excited when we saw that the beans were popping through the surface... I'll try to post the picture I took of the 2 inch high bean we found in one row.  I guess the rain on and off since last Saturday gave the seeds a good drink and got them growing.

The turnips are also coming up in droves!  I have a picture of that as well and will try to post here.  There are many, many little turnips all along the row.  We did a full, 200 foot row of turnips, I think.  (I better check with Frank, as he was on that seed duty while I was planting some of the garden plants.)

Anyway, all is going well.  Hopefully we are on track to start harvesting and giving away food by the beginning of June.


Local TV news segment on local food growing

A local news channel -- WRAL-TV -- came out to talk with us about what we are doing with Sharing Gardens -- getting more local food available in the community and getting more people growing larger gardens.

We gave the reporter, Stacy Davis, the Local Harvest website as one of our favorite resources.  So, she included a link on their channel's website!

The story and link are here --


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