Master Gardeners are actively fighting against hunger in so many ways. Here are a few good examples, along with ways that you can help out:
1. Our Demonstration Garden in the Woodstock area of SE Portland grows more than 2000 lbs per year of fruit and vegetables which are donated to local area food banks and SUN Programs at surrounding schools. At our site within the Learning Gardens Laboratory, we partner with Portland State University and the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprentice Program who also donate to the Oregon Food Bank and others to directly alleviate hunger in our community.
2. Many Master Gardeners volunteer their time by teaching Seed-to-Supper gardening classes at the Oregon Food Bank. These free classes are an important part of the connection between the knowledge needed for successful gardening and the enthusiasm by many to put fresh, home-grown food on their tables. You can help, see how you can participate in cooking education.
3. Join Multnomah Master Gardeners in Planting a Row. By planing an extra row or two, or simply donating your extra harvest, you can help families in need all over the county in gaining access to fresh vegetables and fruits.
4. Have a fruit tree that is prolific (and maybe is a chore to manage)? Contact the local Portland Fruit Tree Project to connect with volunteers who will collect the harvest for others to share, and may even help you with pruning!
5. Get informed about hunger in Oregon. We offer you a list of reputable organizations who would love to receive your support, time, inquiries and encouragement: