Grow a row: Harvesting has begun
In May we told you about some Burnsville residents who agreed to “grow a row” for The Salvation Army. These people include nearly 20 gardeners with plots at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church community garden, agreeing to give at least 10 percent of their harvest to the Salvation Army’s food shelf located inside the church.
Now, halfway through summer, many of the gardeners have begun putting their harvest to work in the fight against hunger.
Nelya Lukyamchuk (pictured, left) is one of the gardeners. Last week, she and several family members stopped by the garden to pick cucumbers.
“I like to do gardening – it’s my only free time,” said Lukyamchuk, a Ukrainian immigrant with three kids ages 8, 3 and 6 months.
Lukyamchuk once received food at the very Salvation Army food shelf she’s now supporting. She’s excited to use the garden as a way to say thank you.
“When we came (to America), a lot of people helped us,” she said. “I picked up (donations) and now I’m giving back.”
Later this summer, Lukyamchuk will begin picking and donating beets, carrots, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and melon.
Watch Lukyamchuk explain more in this short video:
Grow a row
The Salvation Army Northern Division encourages all gardeners to “grow a row” and donate the fruits and veggies to any one of our 22 food shelves in Minnesota and North Dakota.
“Gardeners who share a small portion of their harvest can have a big impact on helping their neighbors in need,” said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander.
To find your nearest Salvation Army food shelf, type in your ZIP code at the top of this page. Feel free to call and find out what, if any, specific produce they could use.
Not much of a gardener? No problem. Minnesota FoodShare’s “GardenShare” program offers alternative ways for you to donate fresh produce, and even provides personalized support for starting a new garden from scratch.