Plant an extra row in your garden

Minneapolis gardeners are being encouraged to plant an extra row this spring and donate their extra vegetables and fruits to a food shelf that helps the needy.

Homegrown Minneapolis, the city’s local-food initiative, noted in its May newsletter that food shelf managers and recipients appreciate the fresh produce, but that the supply usually doesn’t meet the demand.

The Minneapolis Health Department’s Healthy Food Shelf Network is trying to change that by connecting gardeners with food shelves so that healthy food gets into everyone’s kitchen.

Nearly 100 gardeners have already committed to planting an extra row this year, according to Homegrown Minneapolis. You can, too, by learning more about the program at

It’s this easy:

  • Connect with a local food shelf to learn about the types of produce they want most.
  • Plan an extra row (or two) in the garden.
  • Gather seeds and supplies and start planting.
  • Share high-quality produce with a local food shelf.
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