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Delaware Valley Gardeners Donate More than 10,000 Pounds of Produce to Philabundance

Philabundance Share the Harvest Program Surpasses 2011 Goals

Philadelphia, Pa.- October 3, 2011- Earlier this year, Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, asked home gardeners in the Delaware Valley to “sow a row”  of extra produce to donate to the Share the Harvest program once the fruits or veggies were ready for harvest. Philabundance’s goal was to collect 10,000 pounds of produce this year and neighbors in the Delaware Valley really came through and donated the equivalent of 10,762 pounds for people in need.

All summer long, Philabundance encouraged neighbors to donate surplus produce every Saturday from July 9th to September 24th at 11 locations throughout the Delaware Valley. 92.5 XTU, Philadelphia’s country music station, partnered with Philabundance for the 5th year in a row and committed to a summer-long effort to encourage people to share their garden with their neighbors in need.

“The enthusiasm and support from Share the Harvest participants is remarkable,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “We surpassed our goal for the year and with the rising gas and food prices, this produce has gone such a long way all summer.”

Philabundance hopes that the grow-your-own movement will inspire gardeners to help fight hunger and increase the access for those in need of fresh produce, as it is the first thing cut from the grocery list when money is tight.

Share the Harvest, established in 1993, is based on the “victory gardens” concept, where residents planted home gardens in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World Wars I and II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort.

Share the Harvest drop-off sites included the locations below:

Philadelphia County:    Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia
Bucks County:    Carousel Gardens, 591 Durham Rd., Newtown
Seasons Garden Center, 1069 River Rd., PO Box 20 Washington Crossing
Chester County:    Gardner’s Landscape Nursery, 535 W. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs
Delaware County:    Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media
Montgomery County: Albrecht’s Garden Center Nursery, 650 Montgomery Ave., Narberth
St. Asaphs, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd
Rhoads Garden, 570 DeKalb Pike, North Wales
Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside
Camden County:    Springdale Farms, 1638 S. Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ

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