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Going along with the idea of growing things, I recently read an article in the newspaper about a local food bank that has decided to create a community garden behind their main building. They mentioned in the article that the majority of items that get donated to the food bank are packaged and processed foods, and that they have a hard time getting a really well balanced meal complete with fruit and vegetables together from the items that get donated. As a solution to this, they have created a garden out back where they will be growing their own vegetables that can then be turned around and given to people when they come to pick up their bag of food. They are also renting out garden plots to people, similar to the concept of a community garden, and they will require a percentage of the food be donated back to the food bank for the use of the land (in addition to a rental fee). I thought really long and hard about renting one of these plots, as I don't have the ability to have a garden in my yard, and I would love to be able to grow my own produce! I've decided against it for this year, as I don't really feel like I would be prepared to start my own garden without doing some research and all, but I got in touch with the woman that is running this program and I'm hoping to start volunteering with their garden plot. I just think it is a fantastic idea! Plus, it would give me gardening practice and some basic knowledge before I set off on my own to flounder around the world of growing vegetables!
Do you have any plans for a garden this year? What are you going to grow? I love hearing about people's crops, so speak up!
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