Your green thumb can help feed your community
Modeled after backyard victory gardens that boosted food supplies and morale during World Wars I and II, the project sprouted in Spring 2020 in response to skyrocketing food needs among people coping with unemployment and other pandemic hardships.
Grow & Give is so successful that is continues with a broader goal of boosting food security in Colorado communities.
The fourth season of Grow & Give is underway. Grow & Give volunteers grow and donate fresh fruits and vegetables for statewide distribution to people in need. Participation is open to any Colorado gardener.
In 2022, hundreds of volunteer gardeners signed up across the state to donate 32,403 pounds of fresh produce. In Douglas County, 54 donations of everything from herbs, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and berries went to feed families in need.
The fresh fruits and vegetables went to food banks, pantries, homeless shelters, and other nonprofits for distribution to individuals and families facing hunger and food shortages.
To support backyard gardeners, the Program offers:
- An up-to-date website, growandgivecolorado.org, with print and video resources about growing and donating vegetables.
- A free, 85-page Colorado Vegetable Guide available for download in English and Spanish. The guide offers crop-by-crop guidance for gardeners.
- A new mobile app that connects gardeners to hunger-relief organizations. It’s offered in partnership with the Colorado nonprofit Fresh Food Connect.
For more information, gardening resources, and to volunteer with Grow & Give, visit growandgivecolorado.org
Learn more about CSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program in Douglas County.
Credit: CSU Extension