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For those who love to garden, Grow-a-Row is an ideal way to share with your community. Harvest redistributes your produce to a record 47,000 Manitobans that turn to food banks each month. All produce is welcome but root crops are encouraged due to their long shelf life. Cucumbers, tomatoes and even crab apples are also welcomed.
Our Top 3 most needed vegetables are: Carrots, Onions and Potatoes.
Here’s how you can help
- At Home: Grow an extra row (or two) of produce in your backyard, or turn an empty neighbourhood space into a community garden. Invite your neighbours, family and friends to do the same. Have a friendly “weigh-in” challenge to see who grows the most pounds of food.
- At school: This is an excellent class project. Students can learn how to plant and tend a garden, while learning about food insecurity, gardening, nutrition and philanthropy.
- At the Community Club: Community clubs can get involved as well by creating community gardens or adding rows to existing gardens. Turn harvest time into a Harvest Manitoba Day that includes activities and a visit to our warehouse.
Sign up to Grow-A-Row for Harvest using he form to the right. As your garden progress, share your posts on social media and tag us #harvestmanitoba and we may re-share your work to inspire others! On behalf of Manitobans who rely on us for food every month, thank you for being a Harvest Star!
Grow-a-Row blossomed in 1986, when Winnipeg residents Ron and Eunice O’Donovan produced more potatoes in their backyard garden than they could consume. Their vegetables were so well received by Harvest Manitoba, the O’Donovans encouraged friends and neighbours to also donate their extra produce. Since then, Grow-A-Row has yielded 3.7 million pounds of produce, which translates to 100,000 pounds annually.
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