The Food Bank Growers Network (formerly Food Bank Farms and Gardens) is conducting a benefit plant sale at one of the gardens that contributes organic produce every week to four Jefferson County food …
The Food Bank Growers Network (formerly Food Bank Farms and Gardens) is conducting a benefit plant sale at one of the gardens that contributes organic produce every week to four Jefferson County food banks.
The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Birchyville farm, 206 Hancock St., Port Townsend.
In addition to a wide selection of cool season vegetable starts and seeds, there will be a host of ornamental plants available. Network growers noted that mixing flowering plants with your vegetables can attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
This year, the network is inviting gardeners to “grow a row,” and contribute the harvest directly to area food banks. Gardeners who take the plunge can benefit from free coaching and advice through the growing season, and, for this sale only, purchase kits that include row covers and hoops for their gardens at cost.
Organizers of the sale said that if just half of the residents of Port Townsend devoted a single 10-foot row to growing produce to share with the community, that would equal a row of fresh vegetables seven miles long.
The Food Bank Growers Network is an almost entirely volunteer-led group of organic gardens dedicated to supporting food security throughout Jefferson County. To volunteer or find out more, go to FoodBankGrowers.org.
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