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EllenH in Richmond is doing 42 things including…

teach gardening to those who are hungry


EllenH has written 7 entries about this goal


We started this program 2 months ago. Since then we’ve handed out seeds, soil, pots, and information to so many people. We’ve also started harvesting seeds for next year’s gardens. The big news is that our kids at church have planted a small vegetable garden. We’ll tend it with them weekly and harvest the produce for the food closet. I’m also now slated to teach a workshop on starting a seed program. I don’t have the knowledge, but I’m willing to try.


Our 30 seed packets arrived from Texas this week. We’ll hand them out next Saturday. Today I went to the former home of an elderly lady who wanted to donate all of her flower pots. I was amazed at how many she had saved over the years. She also cleared out some house plants which she gave me. Kind of nice to get those. She invited me back to bag up her compost to use in the pots. I’m hoping by next Saturday to have soil in enough pots to hand out with the seeds. Many of the folks in our community are showing interest in our program. No seeds etc yet, but I think in the coming weeks we’ll see a lot!


Last night was the first try and handing out seeds. Unfortunately I didn’t have/take the time to get more organized, but it didn’t matter. I tried to break up the seed packets into smaller portions so that the seeds would go to more people, but didn’t get to some of them. It didn’t matter. We handed out what we had. Many of the families I talked to were genuinely excited about getting started. They really wanted to try. I’m hoping that this Sunday we can start collecting seeds, pots and soil so that the next time will be even bigger. I may go ahead today and plant my own. I’ve been so worried about getting things rolling that I haven’t started my own food :)


Today I had more emails with a new guy who has a local whole food gardening company. I’m hoping he will get involved with our efforts. I also bought the seed to kick off tonight’s distribution. I’m not sure how it will go. I feel like first try is not going to be great, but be a learning experience. I want to spark SOME interest. I want people to consider that they really CAN do this. Once we get our information well thought out and our process of handing things out down to a science it’ll run like clockwork!


Yesterday I announced the start of the new program and got things rolling. Tons of great responses. Today I got an email from Dinner Garden, a group who gives away seeds. (the inspiration for the idea) and they have offered to give us seeds for our program. Someone else volunteered to get soil donated. This might actually work. I also got a lot of good helpful information from the Internet about container gardening and am now having it translated into Spanish.


I have not started the actual program, BUT I’ve been reading up on container gardening and even started some peas in an old 2 liter Sprite bottle. Easter Sunday I’ll teach the kids about growing food and then make an announcement to get the program started.


2 weeks ago I heard a speaker who talked about the difference between charity and change. Charity is necessary, but change is where the miracle occurs. I work in our church’s food closet handing out food to folks who are hungry. It’s a great ministry. Still it isn’t changing things. I want to hand out seeds and information and soil so people can grow their own food. I know I can make this happen, but the frustration of not being a great gardener to start is a bit daunting. I need to contact those who are to get the right advice and just do it!


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