“Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”

Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, knew it. “Friends share all things.”

Around 2,500 years later, John Lennon, the modern-day philosopher and musician, knew it too.

“Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”  

Sharing is good. We know that.

Food? Sharing food? We all do that.

Here are some hard numbers:

In America, over 49 million people live in hunger or with the threat of not having enough to eat.

17 million of those people are children.

Here’s another number:

Over 84 million American households have a yard or garden.

Now, I’m no Pythagoras, but it looks to me like that math has potential.

So, what’s growin’ in your garden? Got room for one more row?

In 1995, the Garden Writers Association created Plant a Row for the Hungry—a program to inspire gardeners across the country to plant a little extra and donate it to their local soup kitchen or food pantry.

It’s as easy as it sounds. Plant it, grow it, share it.

Here’s one more thing you can do, too—spread the word.

The good folks at GWA have created brochures, a press kit, and other resources that you can use to encourage others in your community to participate or to organize a local Plant a Row campaign. Find them here at Garden Writers Association Website.

Then the next time someone asks what you’re growing in your garden, tell them … a little bit extra.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Isn’t it amazing how one seemingly simple act could make a difference??? Community and school gardens are growing but I wonder if we have made the right connection with the need to share with those who need it the most? I like this reminder for me to do more .

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