Thank you for your 5,376 pounds of fruits and vegetables donated to help people in Mesa County. You are all wonderful.
Our 2015 Season
End of Season Update 5,376 pounds
Thank you for another successful season. As always, a special thank you to our growers and volunteers for donating their time and hard work to Grow Another Row. We picked thousands of pounds of cherries and apples. We sorted through and hauled 1,200 pounds of peaches to agencies around the valley. We gathered gorgeous vegetables from neighbors, friends, parishioners, and coworkers.
A special thank you to two growers who truly grew another row by expanding their gardens just for donating. The Fruit Basket was exceptionally generous in donating 754 pounds of peaches and cherries. The Western Colorado Research Center donated over 3,000 pounds of apples and peaches to GAR and thousands of pounds of fruit directly to the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. The Research Center is actively working with us to increase their donations and expand their outreach to the community.
We welcomed many new volunteers to our harvest crew. The service group Humanists Doing Good once again sprang to action to help harvest fruit.
We had quite a bit of media coverage this year. Thank you to volunteers who spoke to reporters and thank you Calli from Sweet Pea's Garden CSA in Palisade. She once again opened her gorgeous gardens up to us for a 3 hour photo shoot for Family Circle magazine. Her farm showcases the best of the valley.
I thank you all for your hard work and dedication again this year. I feel so lucky that through Grow Another Row. I meet generous and talented people with such an amazing commitment to making this valley a better place to live.
How it works
The idea is simple. When a hobby gardener or commercial grower has surplus vegetables and fruits, they call us. We pick up the produce and deliver it to food banks and emergency food programs in Mesa County, Colorado. We have donated 46,390 pounds of fresh produce in seven years.
Why go through us? Well, we always encourage gardeners to make the donations directly to the food banks and programs they support. It is a pleasure to meet the hard-working people that help people in Mesa County.
Grow Another Row just makes it a little easier to make that donation. We have also learned over the years which food banks and programs can take huge amounts of produce or use the less mainstream vegetables like beets, kale, or habaneros.
If you would like to participate in Grow Another Row or if you have any questions, please email us through our contact form.
Site last updated: February 4, 2016