Fighting hunger from the ground up ™

In need of volunteers!

About Us

Grow And Share is a non-profit fighting hunger from the ground up™ through gardening education, garden and community building. We work to grow interest in gardening for home use, and grow interest–and passion–in creation of Shared Gardens(TM) and Community Gardens in neighborhoods throughout the US.

We believe that US residents can feed themselves and those around them; they all will benefit from the sharing. What we have to gain is full American tummies, smaller carbon footprints, safer local food, self reliant homes, pride, stronger communities, healthier bodies, and better quality of life!

Combating hunger throughout the US is critical during these economic times, and crucial to our future food supply. We are here to encourage US residents to take the time to:

  • grow some of their own healthy food
  • become more self reliant
  • share their harvest weith their community
  • fight hunger by shared food reaching thosee who need it

We help with supplies to allow more gardeners to bring their gardens to life.  We help them to make a difference in their communities.  We educate children and adults in the community and assist them as they make changes, grow, and share. The gardeners, their families, and those in need eat healthy fresh foods.

While Grow And Share is not a faith-based organization, one of the sayings — the garden’s edge — we use comes from Leviticus 19:9 and 10. To paraphrase those Bible verses, when we reap the harvest of our land we shall not reap our field right up to its edge, neither shall we gather the gleanings after our harvest. We shall leave them [the edges and extras] for the poor and for the sojourner.

Volunteering

To join us as a gardener, volunteer, donor, or sponsor, call 1.919.623.9392 or email

Mission

Our Mission:   Change US food availability from the ground up through education, widespread gardening, and food distribution assistance, allowing all of us to combat hunger in America together.

Non-Profit Status

We are a non-profit corporation. Our incorporation state is North Carolina.

Grow And Share is operating as a 501(c)(3).

Follow us on Social Networking

Keeping up with the Web site and all the social networks takes a great deal of volunteer time, which at present is in very short supply! So please bear with us as we update the site - some of the following information may be out of date. We are still here but our volunteers cannot not post very frequently.

You can keep up with Grow And Share best via our Facebook page: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grow-And-Share 

Some of our other social media locations are:

Thank you for your interest!

Board Of Directors

Mitch Amiano, Director

Mitch holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from North Carolina State University and is a Senior Web Developer at NC State's College of Engineering. He is also a published IT author and conference speaker, an avid photographer and an organizer with the Triangle Photography Club. With his wife and son, Mitch lives in Rolesville, the smallest and (after the City of Raleigh) oldest village in Wake County. In 2005 he served as chair of the parks and recreation advisory board when the town undertook the PARTF grant funded Main Street Park project, a 37 acre passive facility with extensive trails located in the center of the town. An avid practitioner of edible landscaping, Mitch also grows chestnuts, hazelnuts, blueberries, and figs. His vision is to see permaculture practices and community gardening adopted as a facet of local open space and greenway trail planning.

Linda Gaskins, Director, Ambassador and Greenhouse Manager
Linda is a critical member of Grow And Share, having managed the main greenhouse for the past several years.  An experienced gardener, in a good season Linda could donate hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to local charities, including the Raleigh Rescue Mission, at which she also frequently volunteers as a chef. 

Past Directors

Frank Whatley, Past Director and Co-Founder
Mr. Whatley was co-founder, volunteer, past director, and serving again in 2013. He has 30+ years of sales experience in the automotive and media fields. He was also  Sales Manager for Above And Beyond Learning Corp., which publishes The Grey Area newspaper and other publications. Frank provided support for Grow And Share’s growing efforts and events. Frank is no longer with us here on Earth. We are indebted to Frank for his vision and stalwart support of the organization as we humbly attempt to grow the dream he seeded. 

Kay Whatley, Past Creative Director and Co-Founder
Mrs. Whatley brings to Grow And Share twelve years of business management experience. In addition to her experience with day-to-day operations of a corporation, she has decades of family gardening experience. Her duties include assisting with fundraising activities, managing volunteers, greenhouse and plant management, and assisting in food distribution channel management.

Kay is an experienced writer and author of XML Weekend Crash CourseAdvanced FrameMakerXML and FrameMaker, and XML: Problem-Design-Solution. For more information on Kay’s books, or to order a book, visit our BOOKS page. Kay frequently writes articles for industry magazines and Web sites, including IBM’s DeveloperWorks. She also oversaw production of a book and CD set, Learning Korean: Martial Arts Terminology, and the related poster products.

She is also an experienced marketing planner and materials designer.  While working in a variety of industries, Kay has designed marketing materials for many events and purposes.  She has composited books for publishing companies.  Currently Kay designs all books and materials distributed by Grow And Share with feedback from the rest of the Board.

Nicole Banks, Past Director
Experienced with non-profit work, Mrs. Banks has a college degree geared toward working with public agencies and at-risk families. Her insight into families in need is important to focusing our project efforts. She coordinates our organization’s food distribution, helping communities learn to help themselves.

Kim Beaver, Past Director and Treasurer
Ms. Beaver has years of accounting experience, including managing multiple company accounts. Her experience includes working with non-profit agencies aimed at helping women and children in need. She is expert at managing paperwork and keeping donations and expenses organized. In addition to serving on our board, she provides accounting and money management assistance, and volunteer coordination assistance. She also volunteers at fundraisers and serves as a gardening advisor, having several decades of family garden knowledge to share.

Annette Dorman, Past Director
I am Annette Dorman. I was born in Raleigh, grew up in Lizard Lick and currently live in Johnston County. So I am a Southern girl as one can get. My grandparents were farmers in Franklin and Johnston counties.

Annette attended what is now East Wake and majored in biology at East Carolina University,  and majored in Veterinary Medical Technology at Central Carolina Community College for an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology in 1981. Annette served 7 years as a registered veterinary technician (animal nurse RN equivalent). For the past 20 plus years Annette has worked in the insurance business.  

As a cancer survivor Annette decided to become more active, and learned about growing plants.  She found that she absolutely loved it. After 3 years of helping farmers as an informal intern she felt the need to grow her own organic produce. She now volunteers at farm tours with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. You might also catch Annette as a vendor at the Wendell Farmers Market selling her vegetables, herbs, flowers, and recycled pet food bags made into tote bags.

Kristi Gorski, Past Director
Kristi Gorski is an independent Mary Kay Image Consultant, mother of 2 and wife, currently residing in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, she was no stranger to concrete but their last house in that city had a great side yard, with a good climbing tree and a weeping willow that was fun to play under.

When the family moved to NJ, Kristi’s Mom threw some roses and peonies in an arid piece of clay next to the garage and staked out a portion of the back yard for a small garden.  It was there that Kristi’s love of gardening began.

As a young nomadic woman attending college, working corporate jobs and moving frequently throughout the country, Kristi managed to plant a rose and a tomato at one townhouse in Ohio but otherwise her green thumb lent itself to house plants (and they always took every one of them, when they moved).  When the family moved to the Triangle area in 1996, Kristi saw opportunity for year-round gardening but had to figure out the seasons, as they were much different that up North or in the MidWest!

Kristi and her husband brought teens to volunteer at a former coal mining town in Kentucky, she and her daughter have transported and fed migrant workers (in NC) and she is a past member of The Woman’s Club of Raleigh.  Kristi volunteers at Boy Scout Troop 500 and is a committee member of Heritage Middle School PTA and Wake Forest High School PTSA, as well as a member of the leadership team of Women in Networking’s Wake Forest Chapter.  She recently became a founding member of The Grain Mill Cooperative in Wake Forest, NC.  Kristi has long been a sharer and grows items in her garden that she doesn’t even eat – just so she can give them away.

Kristi believes education, the right tools and encouragement are key to lifting people out of poverty.  Being able to grow their own inexpensive and healthy food source gives people a sense of accomplishment, saves money and can provide some of the tools for healthy eating.

Kristi hopes that as a Board member she can help Grow and Share enlarge their volunteer base and create more learning opportunities.

Connie Schultz, Past Director
Information coming soon.

Lynda Grissinger, Past Director
Information coming soon.

Jan Alford, Past Director
Jan Alford is the Co-Founder and President of ProTronics Inc, an Electronics Contract Manufacturing firm Incorporated in 1993 in Knightdale, NC. He attended East Carolina University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Nash Technical College, and has a degree in Electronics Engineering. Managing a business now for nearly 17 years has given him many opportunities to be an organizer, planner, and facilitator. Jan spends much of his spare time as a volunteer in various community, school, and church activities. He is a member of Pilot Baptist Church (PBC) where he serves as a Deacon and choir member. Additionally he served PBCas a Royal Ambassador counselor, youth and men’s basketball coach, and other numerous committees. In the summer of 2009 Jan helped with the distribution of food at PBCfor Grow and Share and served as coordinator for the church. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Advisory board, a former President of the Bunn High School Booster Club, and former member ofthe Bunn Elementary and High School Advisory councils. He enjoys working with people of all ages.

Leslie Flowers, Past Secretary
Ms. Flowers has extensive marketing and grant-writer management experience. She has experience speaking to crowds on topics including life change and is a Founder of 180 Enterprises, a life and style makeover corporation and national television show premiering Spring 2010. As a professional and a mother, she has experience fundraising and arranging donations for worthy causes.  Leslie serves as secretary of the board and provides marketing materials review and assistance.

Ernestine High, Past Director
Mrs. High brings to our board 18 years of Business Management as well as Business Administration experience.  She has spent the past 8 years working in the entertainment industry and is highly skilled in organizing public dance as well as fundraising events. She is adept at working with people of all ages and levels and has several years of experience in volunteer support and coordination.  Mrs. High also assists with donation drives and with Spring plant growing and food distribution.

Azuka Molokwu, Past Director
Azuka Jebose Molokwu is the most popular entertainment journalist to ever come out of Nigeria. He lives and breathes music journalism and its associated virtues. He is a glorious alumnus of the most demanding journalistic schedule ever known in Nigeria. He was in the league of young journalists that pioneered the brand of entertainment reporting called celebrity journalism in the country. With many years on the beat, Azuka Jebose Molokwu played major role in the career of most Nigerian star musicians and others in the entertainment industry. Contemporary entertainment journalists owe Azuka for taking the bold step and paving the way for them to thrive. He is widely credited with bringing a fresh perspective to entertainment journalism in Nigeria, his scholarly , acerbic observations were sometimes challenged but his firm guiding philosophy of firmness to all were never faulted. Three memorable times, he was inducted into Journalism’s Hall of Fame: 1989, 1990 and 1991: voted by Music Radio as the Entertainment Journalist of the year. No
journalist has won this back to back in Nigeria.

Before he left for the United States in 1989, Azuka was the Crown Prince of entertainment journalism and music business expert. He was the anchor of Saturday Highlife, the breezy center spread entertainment column that made Saturday Punch, one of the hottest and sizzling newspapers in the country. Azuka SOLD out Saturday Punch and most vendors made brisk business of the situation. His gossip column WHISPERS blasted and praised both friends and foes. You were not ‘recognized ‘ until your name was whispered. WHISPERS was the hottest gossip column to emerge from entertainment journalism. It provided story leads for other entertainment reporters to pursue. In the United States, Azuka has functioned in music, artiste and media management, promotions and finance. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Instant Media Communications, a music promotions and management/ public relations company before joining WSHA 88.9 FM, a public radio station in Raleigh, where he currently works as the director of music and community relations. Azuka has three daughters.
Azuka recently authored his first book, Days Of Sorrow: Waiting For My Husband To Die, now available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.