Planting Purposefully For Hunger Relief

So you have an extra patio pot or garden spot you can dedicate? Fantastic!

Since a healthy diet includes one pound of produce each day, and we have three meals to amass that single pound, one extra plant will go a looooong way fighting hunger. A solitary healthy tomato plants produces up to 40 tomatoes. One med-large cucumber weighs a pound. Two medium tomatoes are half a pound and so is one and a half cups of carrots. No one really knows how many communities we can feed with a single zucchini! You get the idea. One plant can easily supply many days worth of meals for hungry families.

What to plant? Pantry feedback shows that produce needing very little preparation before eating, or that enhances many dishes, is the most popular. Luckily, most of these vegetables grow easily in pots as well as in grow boxes and garden beds.

Here’s the short list:

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Peppers (all heats)
  • Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Squashes (Picked when an ideal size. Winter squashes have a long shelf life, which is helpful.)
  • Melons
  • Fruit
  • Grapes (intended for eating)

Of course people experiencing hunger are grateful you share any of your garden bounty, but these items are particularly easy to utilize and highly appreciated. This year I converted almost all my flowerpots and window boxes into containers for growing the items listed above. Now my pots are both beautiful and purposeful!

 
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