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We found out on Saturday that we were lucky enough to get a plot at the Liberty Lands community garden. I’ve only done a little container gardening the past few years so I’m excited to have a bigger space to grow some veg. We’ve also added a little herb garden in our new-ish backyard. To say that our yard needs some work is an understatement, so it’s really nice to be able to have some separate space to do some gardening.

Cat mint

One of the awesome activities that the garden participates in is the City Harvest program. Gardeners grow produce that’s then donated to a local feeding program. Obviously I can get on board with that. Seeds and seedlings (started by inmates of the PA prison system) are provided to gardeners who plant them in their own gardens. Liberty Lands donated over 300 pounds of produce last year. Between the earthquake in Chile and the bad weather in Florida (among other factors), food banks are going to be super lean on produce until well into the summer, making this program even more crucial this year.

Chives

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) published study results earlier this week citing the hungriest congressional districts in the US. Pennsylvania’s First District came in at number two. Here’s the link to the Philly.com article.

The most interesting piece to this study was that the results were based on the answer to a single question: “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

Such a simple question to which the answer says so much. And now, “food hardship,” a new buzzword for us to use.

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Gotta love this. Share Our Strength has a cool event coming up in Philly that benefits a bunch of local anti-hunger organizations.

Share Our Strength has several other events/programs that I had no idea were all affiliated with one another, including Great American Bake Sale and Great American Dine Out.

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