Too Much Produce? Try the Community Harvest Program!
Today we bring you a guest post from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank intern Amber Webb about the Community Harvest Program, an option for home gardeners with more produce than they can handle.
It’s that time of year again when gardens begin to burst with produce that can cause delight after months of waiting and work. It can also be an overwhelming time to manage crop production at the peak of the season. Excess produce can begin to overflow out of gardens large and small. There is even a national holiday named “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day” on August 8th. It demonstrates that gardeners all over can sometimes grow more produce than they can handle!
Have you ever wondered what to do after you or a gardener you know has harvested, given away and preserved all they can? How about donating your excess to fight hunger? Greater Pittsburgh Community is here to help!
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and its member agencies are participating in the national Plant a Row for the Hungry / Community Harvest Program, a public service campaign of the Garden Writers Association of America (GWAA). Plant a Row is a way for gardeners to help the community and fight hunger. Gardeners can grow extra produce specifically for the program or they may collect excess produce to donate.
Two Community Harvest locations are currently set up to accept produce from gardeners on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm now through October 12th at:
Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center
200 Jefferson Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235
1901 Brighton Road Pittsburgh, PA 15212
If these locations are out of your area, be sure to contact the Food Bank so we can put you in touch with a pantry close by, or check www.AmpleHarvest.org, a user-friendly website that connects gardeners to nearby food pantries.All the food pantry needs to do is register on the website, the gardeners can then enter their location and the closest pantry to them will be shown via map and listing.
In order to participate, we only ask that you fill out a receipt with your name, date,estimated pounds donated, agency you are donating, and mail or fax the receipts back to the Food Bank. The Food Bank will keep track of the pounds donated in order to measure the success of the program. Please contact Jeralyn Beach to obtain receipts.
For more information on how to be involved, please visit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank online at www.pittsburghfoodbank.org or contact Jeralyn Beachat 412-460-3663 X. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org