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On Giving Tuesday, give to GROW

 
November 22, 2022

You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday but do you know about Giving Tuesday? On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to support causes in our local communities and beyond. On this year’s Giving Tuesday, November 29, GROW!, Boundary County’s nonprofit that manages its community garden, is asking for help to pay for ongoing operating expenses, including the annual water bill, purchasing mulch for the orchard and soil for the raised beds, seasonal porta-potty rental and grounds upkeep.

Each year, GROW! donates hundreds of pounds of fresh organic produce to local food banks. For the last three years their traditional fundraisers, including the popular Farm-To-Table Fundraising Dinner and spring raffle, have not been held.

Grants have provided funding for specific projects. A grant from the Innovia Foundation supported development of a 40-tree orchard, including a drip irrigation system and deep mulch for organic weed control. These fruit trees will expand our produce donations to include high quality organic fruit as well as orcharding “How To” classes in the garden.

A grant from the Idaho Community Foundation supports a Little Free Garden project in Boundary County, the first area in Idaho to participate in this national program that promotes gardening and gardening education. Much like Little Free Libraries, these small raised beds provide free produce to the local community.

Boundary County now has approximately 40 Little Free Gardens distributed throughout the county. The public is encouraged to visit these gardens and sample the produce grown by volunteers and the help of local businesses. A map of these gardens can be found at https://www.littlefreegarden.com/map.

GROW’s mission is to enhance the availability of local, healthy food by distributing organic produce to local community organizations and by providing low-cost organic garden plots in the local community garden.

All these activities would not be possible without the support of community organizations and volunteers.

GROW! Volunteers and local Idaho Master Gardeners generously donated over 1,000 hours of their time to these projects in 2022. For the past 13 years, Trinity Lutheran Church has provided the land for the GROW! community garden on their property.

This generous arrangement allows GROW! to continue to fulfill its mission, which is to enhance the availability of local, healthy food by distributing organic produce to local community organizations and by providing low-cost organic garden plots in our community garden.

Your tax-deductible donations to GROW!, a 501c3 nonprofit, can be done online at growboundarycounty.org or via mail (PO Box 1433, Bonners Ferry, ID). For more information, contact Gray Henderson, GROW! President, at gray@growboundarycounty.org, (520) 561-0643 cell/text or Kate Painter, GROW! Board Member, kate@growboundarycounty.org or (509) 432-5755 cell/text.

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Mike Weland, Publisher
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