According to the 2014 Hunger in New Mexico report, published by the New Mexico Association of Food Banks, an estimated 20,780 members of the Santa Fe community experience food insecurity. Many are children and senior citizens. Santa Feans who keep a garden or plan to start one, are invited to “Grow a Row” of vegetables to share with a needy family.
The idea behind Grow a Row, this charitable horticulture initiative, is to inspire local gardeners to provide their neighbors in need with fresh, nutritious items such as zucchini, tomatoes, beans or other vegetables from their garden.
“We will be happy to pick up the bounty from their harvest, or arrangements can be made for their produce to be delivered to our warehouse in the front building at 1222 Siler Rd.,” states Susan Odiseos, president of the Board of Feeding Santa Fe (formerly Food for Santa Fe).
Odiseos adds,”We also encourage gardeners to plant vegetable seeds as starters for the families we serve to plant in their own yard or container to gain a sense of satisfaction from growing their own tomato or vegetable plant. This is a generous way for local gardeners to share something from their personal field of interest and experience. Again, we would collect the starters, if desired. We also welcome the sharing of fruit from the many trees throughout the area,” Odiseos said. “How about sharing apples, and if there is a crop this year, peaches or apricots from your tree(s)? We’ll pick them for you.”
For more information on how local gardeners can participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.603.6600.