This year we are really trying to encourage everyone to give their extra produce to those who need it. I didn't have much growing last year, but I sure had plenty of zucchini's coming up and I promise there are people who would love to have some fresh veggies! Please don't let them go to waste!
One way we will be supporting the local food pantries is by having a few "common plots". These plots will be maintained by volunteers; anyone is welcome to come and pick a few weeds and help us maintain these! The produce grown in these plots will then be sold at the Radford Farmer's Market on Saturday's. The money made each week will be donated to the Backpack Program that a group of students at RU are starting at one of the local schools here in Radford. (Every $10-$15 pays for one child to have food for the weekend who would otherwise go hungry till they came back to school on Monday!!) The extra produce we picked, but did not sell will go straight to the Daily Bread, or other food pantries. Also, we will place a basket out on Fridays that anyone can place their extra produce in that we will try to sell or give to the food pantry.
Hunger is real, right here in Radford and I would love to see our gardeners come together and help fight this preventable issue.
Don't forget to come to the Kick Off Event next Saturday April 17th 11am! I will be posting a schedule soon of the events that will be going on! Also-this is the same day as the Radford Farmer's Market kick off and we will be there in the morning selling some of our seedlings! Hope to see you there!