Community Blog: The Dinner Garden
Free seeds, community gardens and tips help empower thousands of families across the US.
SAN ANTONIO - A nonprofit organization called The Dinner Garden materialized from one San Antonio mother’s wish to feed her family during difficult times.
She noticed food banks struggling to meet demand and realized she wasn’t alone.
Her first post went out to Michigan through Craigslist, offering free seeds to the community after reading of a local plant’s closing.
That was several years ago.
What was initially a response to 80 requests became home gardens to nearly 80,000
hungry families across America. She broadened her scope and soon provided free seeds to more than 184 community gardens, in addition to home gardens.
Holly Hirshberg of San Antonio is proud to point out that there are ‘Dinner Gardens’ in every state, including Alaska & Hawaii.
Each seed packet distributed by The Dinner Garden contains no fewer than 10 different types of seed encompassing several seasons - all hand-packed by volunteers.
Dinner Garden Seeds have been found in scout troops & traveling buses, jewelry shops & print stops, TEDx & temple. They've been distributed after Catholic Mass, handed out at food pantries - they've even made their way to your mail box.
Each packet has one thing in common... it fulfills a need.
Black Krim Tomatoes, Rattlesnake Pole Beans & Atomic Purple Carrots are only a few of the heirloom seeds donated for distribution by such companies as Baker Creek & BBB Seed.
Seed companies donate the seed with our promise that they will be redistributed across the nation – free of charge.
No income requirements necessary.
No postage required.
How? We have fundraisers like last Saturday’s 'Painting With A Purpose' Charity Event held at Painting with a Twist on 8910 Bandera.
Instructor Jennifer Snellings led a class in painting basics, with a portion of the fee going to The Dinner Garden. It was our most successful fundraiser to date, raising $875!
We have a list of 50,000 waiting for DG’s help.
They get help in providing fresh produce in their diets, that they can’t afford to buy from their local grocery.
They get help in stretching the family budget.
Now, we need YOUR help!
Make a donation if you can at http://www.dinnergarden.org/donations.html
or consider doing a fundraiser.
If you can’t donate, then consider submitting a recipe for our fundraising cookbook. We’ll take anything from dad’s firehouse to grand mom’s traditional… even those with an international flair. Submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need help representing San Antonio!
Distribution sites are needed both here & nationally.
We need established businesses to hand out free seed packets upon request. They really aren’t much bigger than a business card. We’ll send people to your door!
We’re also looking for donated office space in San Antonio, office equipment & the mailing supplies we use.
Come help us feed America from right here in San Antonio!
We’ll show them a heart as big as Texas.
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