The Great Veggie Grow-Off Let’s Keep a Great Idea Growing! - theHumm September 2019
The Great Veggie Grow-Off Let’s Keep a Great Idea Growing! - theHumm September 2019
By — Shaun McLaughlin
For five years in a row, the gardeners of Mississippi Mills have risen to the Great Veggie Grow-off challenge to win the coveted GVG cup. Preliminary tallies for the nine participating towns show Mississippi Mills to be in a slim lead in this sixth year. However, the pounds donated so far are just half as much as at the same point in previous years. I hope that doesn’t mean people are losing interest!
The crew at the Neighbourhood Tomato launched the GVG in 2014 to encourage local growers big and small to contribute their surplus veggies to their local food bank. The group operates community gardens such as the one in Augusta Street Park in Almonte and on Townline Road in Carleton Place.
The GVG is also a friendly competition among the eight member towns of Lanark County and Smiths Falls. The program runs from May 1 to the Thanksgiving weekend. Mississippi Mills has won the competition every year.
We need the Great Veggie Grow-off to provide healthy, fresh food for people faced with food insecurity. When budgets get tight, food quality may be sacrificed. Lanark’s four food banks do a great job helping people get enough to eat. The Great Veggie Grow-off adds highly nutritional, fresh food to the weekly food basket in the summer and fall. I hope the low tallies so far in 2019 just reflect the slow start to the growing season and not a lack of interest.
Fresh food not only feeds people well, it has encouraged food bank clients to start growing their own, according to Karen Lomas-Wood of the Hunger Stop. “How thrilled our clients are to have fresh produce. They also enjoy growing their own at community plots. We gave out about 500 tomato seedlings to our clients this year.”
When I was mayor, I championed this cause and happily posed for pictures with the trophy each year. While winning is fun, the main goal is to gather as much home-grown food as possible for the county’s four food banks. So this year I took on the role of ambassador-at-large for the GVG to continue promoting this worthwhile program. On August 7, I spoke to County Council and encouraged the leaders of the other towns to do their best to promote the GVG locally and try to kick Mississippi Mills out of top spot (it won’t be easy).
I urged the mayors and deputy mayors to make it easy for people to donate by designating central public buildings as drop-off spots. For example, in Almonte, people can place donations in coolers inside the front door of the library. Volunteers take the food to the Hunger Stop in Carleton Place.
Every gardener has some surplus. I believe the GVG can collect much more fresh food if more gardeners know about both the program and where to donate. In its best year (2016) the GVG collected over five tons — almost five times as much as the first year. Last year came close to that mark. There is still plenty of time for us to set a new record!
People can take garden and orchard produce directly to the four participating food banks during operating hours (just tell them where you live to get added to the correct GVG tally). They are:
Community Food Bank, 93 Russell St. E., Smiths Falls, 283–6695
The Table, 190 Gore St. E., Perth, 267–6428
The Hunger Stop, 5 Allan St., Carleton Place, 257–8546
Lanark Highlands Food Panty, 19 Clarence St., Lanark Village, 259–3285
Lastly, when you plan next year’s garden, help guarantee a surplus by adding an extra plot for beans or potatoes, another row of carrots, or a couple additional zucchini plants!
By Sally Hansen
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For five years in a row, the gardeners of Mississippi Mills have risen to the Great Veggie Grow-off challenge to win the coveted GVG cup. Preliminary tallies for the nine participating towns show......
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