AmpleHarvest.org: Sharing Your Garden Bounty with Neighbors in Need

What has 180,000 hands and is changing the world? The Extension Master Gardeners of the USA! That’s how we at AmpleHarvest.org think of you—thousands of hands working in the soil, sharing valuable knowledge with growers in every corner of America, and changing the world one garden at a time!

AmpleHarvest.org is a national program, connecting gardeners with local food pantries so that excess garden bounty can be shared with those in need. Gardeners everywhere can use our site to find a pantry for those times when they just have too many greens or cucumbers (or any other extra veggies, fruits, herbs, or nuts).

Food Pantry volunteers, happy to receive donations of fresh food to share with their clients

Food Pantry volunteers, happy to receive donations of fresh food to share with their clients

We have nearly 7,000 food pantries registered on our site from every state. These are pantries that may not have the time or budget required to maintain a website or advertise their services online. For many pantries, their free profile on our site is the only web presence they have, and the only way that gardeners can find them when they have food to share.

We’ve got some exciting news! We’re celebrating our 5th birthday with a complete overhaul of our website. We will be adding new and exciting features to make it easier for gardeners and pantries to work together to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in America. We hope you’ll bookmark our page (AmpleHarvest.org) so you can see the new site when it’s up and let us know what you think.

If you’re growing food at home, helping in a community garden, or working with Plant-A-Row, we want our site to be another one of your gardening tools. Whenever someone asks us for gardening help, we send them your way and we hope that when you encounter someone whose gardening experiments yield too many tomatoes, you will send them our way so they can help feed a hungry family.

 

Harvest day at a community garden and this is just what was left over after the gardeners took their share! It all went straight to a pantry found on AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry.  Send photos of what you’re growing and sharing to ishared@ampleharvest.org

Harvest day at a community garden and this is just what was left over after the gardeners took their share! It all went straight to a pantry found on AmpleHarvest.org/findpantry. Send photos of what you’re growing and sharing to ishared@ampleharvest.org

Like us on Facebook and share our page with your gardening friends to help us spread the word. If you are already growing and sharing with a food pantry, share this blog with the pantry coordinator to encourage them to register on our site so that other gardeners can find them and donate their excess produce as well.

Thank you for teaching and leading by example. Thank you for keeping the knowledge of our national agricultural traditions alive in your communities. Thank you for changing the world.
Emily Fulmer is the Grower Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org. She is a back (and front!) yard vegetable gardener and she has recently added a small flock of Buff Orpington hens to her tiny urban farm. You can reach her at Emily@ampleharvest.org

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2 Responses to “AmpleHarvest.org: Sharing Your Garden Bounty with Neighbors in Need”

  1. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the
    way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. sylviah1 says:

    Good point, we’ll keep it in mind for further posts. Thanks for your comment!