Many of you are growing your own food this summer at home or in a community garden. Do you have an abundance of vegetables – more than you and your family can consume? Here are some tips from Maine Extension on donating your extra produce:
Growing extra food in your own garden, or in a community garden, can be a very fun and convenient way to contribute to your community. Here are some tips for success:
- Connect with your local recipient organization to make sure they can accept fresh vegetables and determine the best days/times to drop off donations. If you don’t know where to donate, your local UConn Extension office can help you find a place to donate.
- Harvest ripe, undamaged produce*, clean it, and estimate the weight.
- Donate to a local agency OR a friend in need.
- Contact a local UConn Extension office to find a community garden to help.
*We suggest growing any of the following crops:
- Long-term keepers: beets, cabbage, carrots, winter squash (no Hubbard, please)
- Short-term keepers: tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, lettuce, broccoli, beans