The New York Botanical Garden will officially kick-off the 2010 Community Vegetable Gardening Season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden on May 12. In a celebration of the benefits of vegetable gardening and using fresh produce in daily meals, Bronx schoolchildren will participate in hands-on educational planting activities and local community gardeners will receive a “Get Growing” package of materials, courtesy of the Botanical Garden and Scotts, to help them begin the gardening season.

The New York Botanical Garden has a proud tradition of promoting vegetable gardening and its life-long benefits to its visitors, school groups, teachers, and amateur and professional gardening students through the Family Garden and Bronx Green-Up programs, which are supported with funds contributed by both private and public sources.

Through its national Give Back to Gro™ program, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a supporter of the Botanical Garden’s community vegetable gardening activities, strives to promote community gardening and educate the public on edible gardening best practices. Give Back to Gro program partners include Keep America Beautiful, Garden Writers Association, Plant A Row for the Hungry, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory.

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  1. Another alternative if you are growing more food than you need is – a site that helps diminish hunger by enabling gardeners to share their garden produce/herbs with neighborhood food pantries.

    The site is free both for the food pantries and the gardeners using it.

    More than 2,000 food pantries nationwide are already on it and more are signing up daily.

    It includes preferred delivery times, driving instructions to the pantry as well as (in many cases) information about store bought items also needed by the pantry (for after the growing season).

    If your community has a food pantry, make sure they register on


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