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Plant A Row, Grow A Row


Put your gardening skills to use for people in need. How often is it that you can enjoy a favourite hobby and help others in your community at the same time?

The Plant A Row, Grow A Row Project is a fun way to do both. It was initially started in Winnipeg in 1986 and came to Alberta in the 90’s. We invite local gardeners to grow an extra row of vegetables, or earmark fruit and vegetables for donation to your local food bank. This program is supported nationally by Food Banks Canada. Check out the Plant a Row, Grow A Row website for more information.

How to get started

  • Contact your local food bank to see what they are able to accept.
  • Plant your seeds and nurture your garden.
  • At harvest time, simply remove the majority of the garden dirt and take your produce in to your local food bank.
  • Be sure to let us know that your donation is designated for the Plant A Row, Grow A Row project so it can be weighed and added to our total.
  • Pat yourself on the back for making a wonderful contribution to your community.

Which crops are best for donation?

Root vegetables are best; however, any produce items that can be easily handled and stored, such as cabbage, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, radishes, parsnips, sweet peppers, summer squash, and pears are welcome.

Making your donation

Due to the fragile nature of fruits and vegetables, donations are asked to be dropped off directly to your local food bank. Thank you for sharing your harvest as part of the Plant A Row, Grow A Row Program.


Want to donate food but don't know what to give? Most food banks have specific items they need regularly. These 'Most Wanted' items vary from one food bank to another, but we have created a list to help you support your local food bank.


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