Continue the Good Gardener’s Tradition

Eating fruits and vegetables is essential for long-term health, yet many facing food insecurity find it difficult to access these nutritious food items. Newaygo County benefits from rich soil and boasts a thriving local agricultural community. From apple and peach orchards to onion and carrot farms, the region produces a wide variety of fresh produce, and many residents maintain successful home gardens, which often yield more than they can consume.

In keeping with the good gardener’s tradition of sharing their bounty, we remind everyone of our annual Plant-a-Row For Hunger campaign. As you put in your gardens, please consider planting an extra row with intent to donate the extra produce to the Food Center at TrueNorth. Even if you don’t deliberately plant an extra row, we ask you to donate any excess to help feed your neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. 

We also want to empower those visiting our Food Center, to grow their own gardens, maybe even for the first time. During our seed distribution event in April, we distributed 800 seed packets to Newaygo County residents, and offered a seed starting workshop for our Food Center members. Donations are accepted during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.