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Trumpet Vine March/April 2009 10PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY Linda Dole MG ‘06 As you’re leafing (no pun intended!) agencies will have access to fresh produce; fundsthrough the stacks of seed catalogs and piles earmarked for produce can be redirected toof seed packets while planning this summer’s other needed items; and the hungry of Americagarden, why not consider planting an extra will have more and better food than is presentlyrow or two to share with the hungry folks of available.our community? Plant a Row (PAR) began Here’s how it works: Grow vegetables,with that idea in Anchorage, Alaska. Jeff planting a little more than you normallyLowenfels, a former Garden Writers Associa- would (as little or as much as you like). Usetion president, asked local gardeners in 1995 what you need and give away the extra.to plant a row of vegetables for a local soup Nothing goes to waste, and everybody’s happykitchen. Thirteen years later, annual Plant a and well-fed.Row donations are over 1,000,000 pounds offresh produce in the USA and Canada. You can make a difference! It’s a very simple system, and it also gives back: many According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, gardeners who participate in PAR say thatone in ten households in the USA experiences they get back far more than they give.hunger or the risk of hunger. Many peoplefrequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes The Community Gardening committeegoing without food for an entire day. In our is now busy planning a system for gettingarea, 31% of the people receiving food assistance donated produce from your gardens to theare children under 18, and 12% are elderly. Cleveland Foodbank and/or other food agen-Hunger knows no age limits. Food banks and cies. Volunteers will be needed to help collecthunger centers have many sources of canned, and deliver produce. Contact Linda Dole atpackaged, and frozen foods, but can always use firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interest-more fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. We gar- ed in either growing and/or volunteering anddeners can easily fill that need. As a result, food I’ll keep you informed of our progress. MAKE MASTER GARDENERS A PRIORITY Dear Fellow Master Gardeners, donation from each of us would cover a good portion of our annual expenses! We have a With the holiday season behind us and the couple of tough years ahead of us, so please new catalogs arriving, spring can’t be too far consider extending your support with a away! Unfortunately, the W-2’s have come as donation. well, reminding us that it’s time to file those returns again. The MGCC doesn’t fill your mailbox with solicitations, but the need is still very real. If you are like me, you make modest chari- table contributions to a number of very good So the next time you open your mailbox causes, like hunger centers, medical research, and find a stack of charitable solicitations, religious organizations, and orphanages. In think about the one that isn’t there. You have return, we receive the tax deduction and the ownership in Master Gardeners of Cuya- combined satisfaction of directing our money hoga County. Why not pay yourself first? where we want it and where it will make a Contributions can be made out to MGCC difference. and sent to Joyce Braun, treasurer. Our own Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga Sincerely, County (MGCC) is a 501(c)3 organization and is eligible to receive your tax-deductible Christine McLaughlin donations. Can you add the MGCC to your Advisor Committee Chair list of contributions in 2009? Just a $25