Donating a Garden Surplus


While we're hoping that our own container garden produces more than just one pepper this summer, we are bracing for an onslaught of tomatillos (which were lucky enough to get a spot in the ground rather than a pot). And still, we doubt we'll have any kind of a surplus. You might find yourself in the same boat, hoping that someone with a more productive garden will see fit to make you a beneficiary. Those people like my mother, who has upwards of 20 raised beds, have more food than they know what to do with...

Sharing food with family and friends and neighbors is a wonderful way to get a productive garden harvested, but what my mother has noticed lately is that more food banks are able to accept perishable produce thanks to the novelty of refrigeration.

Check with food banks in your city to find out if they'll accept produce, and then donate as much or as little as you can. Every bit helps!

(Image: Ryan Pollei, used with permission by Re-Nest.)