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Share the Harvest

August 5, 2011

For vegetable gardeners, summer is the time of abundance. While we all enjoy the fruits of our labor, we know that a well tended garden usually produces more  produce, all at once, than any one family can eat – even for the diligent canners, picklers, and freezers. 

 As your garden continues running in high gear this August, consider sharing your harvest with those who don’t have their own garden. Share some tomatoes with a neighbor, send your kid to camp with a backpack full or eggplants or bake some extra zucchini bread for your hairdresser.

If you want to make sure your extra vegetables get to those who need it most, consider donating some fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Phipps and two of the nurseries nthat participate in our Top Ten Sustainable Plant Program are making easier than ever to donate. Check out the two opportunities below, and share the harvest!

Seventh Annual Tomato and Garlic Festival at Phipps:

Red, Ripe & Roasted

Sunday, August 28, 2011, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank celebrate two of Western Pennsylvania’s quintessential summer crops during the seventh annual tomato and garlic festival: Red, Ripe & Roasted. Held on Phipps’ historic front lawn and in the Outdoor Garden, this family-friendly event will feature a farmers’ market, a garlic roast, live cooking demos, tastings, and activities for kids. Call to gardeners: Bring your ugliest, smallest and largest ripe tomatoes to be judged for prizes!

Come with a bag of fresh produce or buy some at our onsite farmers’ market to donate to the Food Bank and receive free admission to the festival and the Conservatory during event hours.

And check out this other produce donation program featuring local nurseries:  Plumline Nursery and The Urban Gardener


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