Garden Project donates more than 90 tons of produce

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced (day), that the volunteers in the Hunger Free ND Garden Project donated more than 181,000 pounds of fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable community programs in 2013.

“The Hunger Free ND Garden Project meets real needs that exist on a daily basis and fosters stronger community ties by bringing people together,” Goehring said. “It is a vital partnership between those who have produce to share and those who receive it.”

The Hunger Free ND Garden Project was started in 2010 through the local foods initiative of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) in partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank. The statewide project encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year for donation to charitable organizations across the state.

Other partners in the statewide project are Lutheran Social Services, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, North Dakota FFA, the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Dakota College at Bottineau, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, Healthy North Dakota and Pride of Dakota.

The Salvation Army in Bismarck, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Dickinson and Churches United of Fargo were the leading recipients of the produce donations.