The Grace Garden is partnering with Westfield In Bloom’s Plant a Row for the Hungry project this year.

Plant a Row is a national program that was launched in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association and Foundation in hopes of encouraging home gardeners to plant an extra row in their gardens meant specifically for the hungry in their communities.

Westfield’s Plant a Row program is one of the subcommittees of Westfield of Bloom and shares the same goals and ideals as the national Plant a Row program. Westfield’s Plant a Row for the Hungry program enjoyed great success in its first two years of existence. Thanks to Plant A Row participants and volunteers, over 2000 pounds of food were donated to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Open Doors food banks in 2011. With your time and help, we are hoping to make 2012’s Plant A Row program bigger and better.

The economic conditions are still dire for many families in our community, and planting an extra row of fruits, vegetables and herbs is a fun and easy way for local gardeners to combat hunger in our own backyard. If you aren’t a gardener, there are many other ways for you to be involved, as well. Please leave a comment below for more information!

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This year’s drop off sites include the following:

Ameriana Bank
3333 State Road 32 E :: Westfield, IN 46074
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-12pm

Saint Maria Goretti Shepherd’s Gate Food Pantry
17102 Spring Mill Road :: Westfield, IN 46074 :: Website
Hours: Mon and Thur 3:30-5:30pm and Sat 9:30-11am

Open Doors Food Pantry
110 Jersey Street :: Westfield, IN
:: Website
Hours: Tues, Thur and Sat 9-11:50am

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
14598 Oak Ridge Road :: Carmel, Indiana 46032
Tel (317) 846-3475 :: Website
Hours: Tues and Thur 10am-12pm and Sat 2-4pm