Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Let's Move Boise launches 2nd Grow-a-Row season

Let's Move Boise is seeking gardeners willing to grow fresh produce for distribution to food pantries. Free seed packets are now available at four Boise locations.

Each free packet includes tools and resources, including:

•  6 seed packets (cucumbers, squash, radish, beans, spinach, turnips)
•  Planting and gardening tips
•  A seed planting guide
•  Distribution list for local food pantries by neighborhood 

Hunger is on the rise in our community. In Idaho, one in six residents is food "insecure" - 95,150 of whom are children. While many food pantries are working hard to combat this issue, the availability of fresh produce for some families is scarce.

"The Grow a Row program provides information and seeds to give residents the opportunity to discover the joys of growing fresh, nutrient-packed food as well as giving back to the community," states Megan McCarthy, Idaho Botanical Garden vegetable garden manager. "By being a part of the Grow a Row program, individuals are not just growing healthy produce, they are growing healthy families and a healthy community."

Grow a Row partners include the Boise Urban Garden School, Idaho Botanical Garden, Healthwise, the Idaho Foodbank, Boise Parks & Recreation and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

 Packets are available for pick up at:

  • Boise Urban Garden School office, 731 N. 15th St.
  • Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road
  • Healthwise, 2601 Bogus Basin Road
  • Boise Parks & Recreation administration office, 1104 Royal Blvd.

For more information, please see www.letsmoveboise.com.