Garden Volunteers Plant Seeds of Hope

This week, we’ve asked our staff who utilize volunteers daily to write a small post about why volunteers are so important to the Food Bank and to their program. From Fred Conrad and the Community Gardens team:

This time of year is always one of the busiest for us--it's time for ACFB’s Community Gardens project to help plant and maintain more than 150 gardens across metro Atlanta.

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Get Your Gardens Ready

I have a headache.

My nose is stuffy and my mouth is dry. I'm trying not to bend over much--hurts my head.

The basic problem is not a problem, it's a pollen. My honeybees are flying home covered with the yellow and orange stuff. Gobs and gobs of it to feed the babies. And the babies are hungry, they are trying to grow fast to be in time for spring.  Honeybees have a 'do or die' attitude toward spring, and so do I. Last week, I was trying to plow mud to get some land ready to plant.

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The Luckiest Black-eyed Peas

This past summer, we had a group of volunteers in our Product Rescue Center doing exactly what they were trained to do: keep the usable food and toss anything that is beyond a certain expiration date. Certainly a bag of black-eyed peas dated 1970 would qualify for the “toss” category, right? Turns out those peas got a second chance.

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Healthier Food For The Hungry

Apples. Pumpkin. Squash. Sweet Potatoes. When you mention these fruits and veggies, they not only conjure up imagery of fall, they are also known for being healthy, good for you foods. Unfortunately, healthy, fresh produce can be hard to come by when you're struggling to put food on the table.

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Garden Spotlight: Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run

The Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run set up their community garden with the goal of donating 20% of what they grew to the local food pantry, Malachi’s Storehouse (also an ACFB partner agency). In this video, they talk about getting the garden started (it only took six weeks!), what they grow and why it was so important to them to make donations to Malachi’s.

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Gardening For Good

We’re calling all green-thumbed gurus, soldiers of the soil, even rookies to the rake – It’s time to don your gardening gloves and hit the dirt for a good cause! Do your part to help weed out hunger by transforming your garden into a full plate for an empty belly. You can help break the cycle of hunger this growing season by integrating fruits and veggies into your garden and donating the surplus of your harvest.

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