Grow More, Give More

Our GROW MORE GIVE MORE Project is doing well. The Grow More Give More program needs volunteers to help coordinate for Jefferson County. Laura Kezar is heading up this program and needs help. Her information is in the Master Gardener Directory in the Service Report link.

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Grow More Give Moreproject!If you have extra produce to donate, please share with any food assistance organizations in your area.Be sure to log time and # of pounds of produce on the MG service report.(You can enter the pounds in the description field).We are working on getting a list of all food assistance organizations in your area that are able and willing to accept donations of fresh produce.Remember – every donation counts!!Whether it is 2 pounds or 200 pounds, it ALL counts!Take a look at the following link for more details. Kezar and company are coordinating this project in Jefferson.She will be reaching out with more details soon.In the interim, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Bethany O’Rear.

Please take a look at the Grow More Give More page on ACESwebsite.We have numerous resources available at the click of your mouse or the tap of your phone – videos, supply lists, digital publications and more.

The online video and texts will be available to support Master Gardeners as well as novice gardenersin growing vegetable crops as successfully as possible. The idea of the program is that every gardener will grow enough to share a little extra with an individual or an institution in need. ACES realizes that for some gardeners it may be easiest to carry a small bag of extras across the street to a neighbor, or take a box to their local school—others won’t be happy unless they’re delivering a harvest to a regional food bank.

We can donate extra fruits and vegetables:

Drop off extra vegetables to neighbors who are shut in by age or illness, or are affected by job loss and would appreciate fresh produce (and a kind note or a flower perhaps)

Reach out to schools, community centers and places of worship which you already know and see if there’s a new need you can help fill

Statewide charities like Society of St. Andrews, a crop gleaning charity, and regional operations like Community Foodbank of Central, are positioned to coordinate donations, particularly in larger quantities.

The Grace Klein Community is gratefully accepting donated produce and vegetable plant seedlings. Please contact Bethanyif you can share seedlings and transplants of edible plants so I can let Grace Klein know when and what to expect. Donated produce, seedlings and transplants can be donated to Grace Klein Community on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 at 2652 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, 35216.

Wherever you choose to donate produce, please log your hours AND the pounds donated at the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association website using the category “Grow More Give More (Comm. Food)”.

If you are on Facebook, please like theAlabama Smart Yardspage as well as our ownJefferson County Master Gardenerpage. Please check these daily and share theGrow More Give More posts on your own pages. Encourage your family and friends to share, as well. Together we can make a difference.

On August 11th, t he General Gardening Group at BBG, headed by our Master Gardener, Hope Cooper reported this year’s total of1040.55poundsharvested in theBruno Vegetable Gardenanddonated to the Birmingham Community Kitchens onthis Grow More, Give more Thursday.

Please share this site with all of your family, friends, and even your communities!We want to help people learn toGrow Moreso that they canGive More(additional info about donating is coming soon).Take a look at the following link for more project details.Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word!

JCMGA 2021