Those seeds have flourished in Pennsylvania’s cool rainy weather and now we are bursting with greens, greens, and more greens. Even with apprentice Alice’s love of eating salad three meals a day and feeding a thousand school kids this spring, we have plenty of bounty to share with others. The solution – we contacted our local Food Bank (Ed Pearce at 814-849-3469) who is willing to distribute the extra.
With tough times trickling down from huge manufacturers to small industries, communities are finding more friends and neighbors out of work. A simple way to lend a hand to those in need is to share your garden harvest directly or through the efforts of Food Banks. Economic and health issues are in a state of turmoil; a gift of locally grown food will feed body and soul.
This is the time to plan ahead, plant some extra tomatoes, put in another row of beans, and contact folks who can benefit from your benevolence. Choose to grow something that you are successful and valued by others. Ask around to discover who may benefit from your generosity; they may be willing to give you an extra hand in the garden. Your local Food Bank will have coolers to store your extra goodies. If you are really ambitious, preserve your excess by drying, canning or freezing to share in the future.
We all need help sometime in our lives. Try a little pragmatic giving by planning and planting. You will feel the rewards of your gifts.