Thank you to all the who picked up plants at our giveaways!
We have some un-transplanted tomato trays available… plants vary from 20 to 80 depending on how thickly the seed was planted. Some are heirlooms. Tomatoes available include Rutgers, German Johnson, Mortgage Lifter, and Cherokee Purple.
If you have the space for many tomatoes, please call and arrange to come and pick up the trays this week.
There are some transplanted tomatoes, peppers, and a few other plants available. If you’d like to Pledge To Share and pick up several dozen plants for your garden, please call 919.623.9392 to arrange a pickup time.
Plants are located near Zebulon NC in the Grow And Share “Tucker” greenhouse near Pilot.
In a few weeks, the greenhouse will be moving to Raleigh NC where gardening classes and growing will be done.
Loading up the plants for tomorrow’s Garden Plant Giveaway at the Spring Hope Farmers Market (Spring Hope, NC).
Tomatoes: Mortgage Lifter, Marglobe, German Johnson, Sweet 100, Golden Jubilee Hybrid, Beefsteak, Roma, Cherokee Purple, Homestead, and a few more… red, pink, yellow, purple, cherry basically. A few surprises mixed in that are either black, persimmon, or Italian rippled.
Peppers: Jalapeno, Cayenne, Buran sweet, California Wonder bell, Yellow bell, Red Roaster sweet, Corno di Toro sweet, and Emerald Giant bell.
Couple types of cukes, few melons, cantaloupe, straight yellow squash, and some herbs (fennel, 3 types of basil, marjoram, sage).
We start at 8am, and are taking lots of plants to last a couple of hours. Call 919.623.9392 if you are coming from far, after 9am, and want to know what we have left.
7AM setup time for any volunteers coming to help. Same phone number.
We can give away the thousands of plants remaining in the greenhouse. Can Spring Hope’s giveaway out-do the Raleigh and Wendell giveaways???
Grow And Share held a Garden Plant Giveaway on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Whole Foods Market-North Raleigh hosted the event. More than that, the Whole Foods team promoted the giveaway and the idea of gardening!
In the weeks before Earth Day, Whole Foods Market-North Raleigh’s team worked with us to spread the word. Unbeknown to the Grow And Share team, folks at this Whole Foods were decorating the store with Grow And Share / Earth Day signs!
The plants arrived in three vehicles that Tuesday morning around 9am. The Grow And Share Board’s Creative Director, Kay Whatley, arrived with trailer of plants in tow and plants stuffed in every nook and cranny of her Honda Element. Linda Gaskins, the Board Ambassador, arrived with her car and trunk packed. The third delivery came with help from Whole Foods: they sent team-member Nathan to load up a Ford F150 with hundreds of plants.
Whole Foods’ Pamela Young — who had orchestrated the signs around the store Pamela and a team of Whole Foods volunteers gathered at the parking lot and worked quickly to unload all of the vehicles. Soon after, more Whole Foods volunteers showed up with tables. Eight folding tables went up, and the group began helping Grow And Share’s folks sort the plants for the giveaway.
The Red Carpet was certainly rolled out for the giveaway! From 9am through the start of the event at 11am, Whole Food’s team was there to help! They volunteered their time to assist gardeners who arrived for the giveaway. This meant that all day — until 6pm when the outside plant giveaway ended — these workers were helping people select plants and ensuring they filled out the Pledge To Share. Over and over the Whole Foods’ folks could be heard explaining how the growing and sharing program worked, and taking time to describe the different plant varieties.
Once the outside giveaway ended, Pamela assisted Linda Gaskins with a cooking-from-the-garden presentation inside. Linda prepared a squash casserole live, and samples were passed to shoppers watching the food preparation.
By 8pm, the event wrapped up. This was a full day “happening”! Thanks to Pamela, Liza Burke, and the team volunteers, more than 2,000 plants were given away and close to 100 gardeners pledged to share their garden harvests!
Grow And Share thanks Whole Foods Market-North Raleigh for their generosity, team spirit, kindness, and incredible promotion of Grow And Share’s gardening-to-fight-hunger program. It was humbling to be treated not just respectfully, but like royalty!!
Those who helped in some capacity from Whole Foods were: Ryan Rovaris, Brittany, Brandon, Lauren, Cole, John C, Nathan, Pamela, Jonathan and Sherry. They were such a huge help. from meeting everyone the day before to serving the last of the Yellow Squash casserole. Two even were there tho it was their day off! Also, thank you to Shannon, Linda, Melissa, Kay, and the other Grow And Share volunteers who helped prep the plants at the greenhouse and give them away the day of the event.
And that wasn’t the end of it. Whole Foods Market-North Raleigh had pre-selected Grow And Share as their “5% Day” donation recipient for Earth Day 2014! Their sales for the day were tallied, and then 5% earmarked for donation to Grow And Share. And due to the advance signage around the store, Pamela and Liza said that many customers and employees waited to shop on Grow And Share’s 5% Day!!
More than $6,000 was raised for Grow And Share in this single day! Proceeds will go toward setup of a Raleigh teaching/growing greenhouse for Grow And Share during the coming months. May 6th, presentation of the donation check will be made at an all-employees meeting, and a special video shown.
Grow And Share is grateful for this support, and for the joint marketing that helped draw in close to 100 gardeners! These gardens will be growing, thanks in part to the efforts of Whole Foods Market-North Raleigh’s marketing group.
To the gardeners who signed their Pledge To Share at this Earth Day event, THANK YOU. You are the heart and soul of the gardening program! Thank you for coming to this event, promising to share, and taking plants for your gardens. Your time in fighting hunger in your community is greatly appreciated!
Until next year, Raleigh, happy growing!
Lots of work in the greenhouse the past few months. The next Garden Plant Giveaway is Tuesday (Earth Day) April 22nd.
We need volunteers to assist us in moving plants Tuesday morning from the greenhouse (Zebulon) to Whole Foods-North Raleigh — we’ll start moving them between 8am and 9am, so need to load up trucks before then.
Anyone who can help with the Grow And Share booth at this Earth Day event, we will have the booth open from 11am to 6pm and could use several volunteers to cover 2-3 hour shifts talking with folks about growing and sharing. EMAIL ASAP to volunteer.
The greenhouse will be moved over the summer from Zebulon NC to Raleigh NC near Capital. It is hoped that this new location will provide better greenhouse access to volunteers, and to those who attend Grow And Share free gardening classes. We’re raising funds now, and calling for volunteers to help dis-assemble the greenhouse in June, or to help move pieces to Raleigh, or to help re-assemble at the Raleigh site. Call 919.623.9392 if you have a group that would be interested in helping with this project.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is the Raleigh Garden Plant Giveaway beginning at 11am, at the Whole Foods-North Raleigh’s Earth Day event! The Earth Day event runs until 6pm and includes cooking demos, local vendors, and much more!
If you shop at Whole Foods-North Raleigh on Tuesday at any point, you’ll be helping Grow And Share, as we are their 5% donation recipient for Earth Day!
Water, water, water. Greenhouse and plants outside are watered. We will be transplanting more this week, if you have time to volunteer.
Wendell NC giveaway was yesterday. Next one is April 22nd starting at 11am at the Whole Foods North Raleigh (Six Forks Rd). If you need plants, come and get them. Stay for the Whole Foods Earth Day event which runs until 6pm and includes cooking demonstrations.
And if you buy anything inside Whole Foods, 5% of the day’s net sales April 22nd are being donated to Grow And Share!
Spent 2-1/2 hours this morning moving plants for loading. Saturday they will be going on trailers and in trucks to go to giveaways.
We have a public giveaway hosted by Wendell Antiques & More in Wendell NC that is Sunday (Apr 13) starting at 2pm.
NC Fields is holding a giveaway for farmworkers to the east of us, and will be picking up their plants Saturday.
Based on experiences the previous 5 years, we expect to give away more than 4,000-5,000 plants this weekend and get about 150-200 gardens growing.
The next public giveaway will be Tuesday, Apr 22 at 11am at Whole Foods N Raleigh. After that is another focused giveaway (4H) in northern NC, and our final public giveaway in Spring Hope (with help from the Enterprise and Farmers Market) on May 3rd at 8am.
Grow a garden, share your harvest… We can beat hunger by growing food in the nooks, crannies, and backyards of our US communities.
Are you ready to grow food for yourself and to share with your neighbors?
Grow And Share is transplanting seedlings now. Seeds are coming up very well!
We still need small pots to re-use, or yogurt containers, or small cups, etc. Please donate what you can at the Tucker Greenhouse, or call for a drop off location closer to RTP (919.623.9392).
Volunteer help needed - transplanting - this Thursday and Saturday. Info on Grow And Share Meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/Grow-And-Share/events/calendar/
Giveaways begin with the first in Wendell on April 13th. More information is coming soon!