Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) is a national program created by The Garden Writers Association that encourages garden communities and individuals to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs to people in need. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is the PAR partner in the Triangle, distributing your produce to local food pantries, shelters, and other hunger-relief organizations.
This is an opportunity for anyone with a garden no matter the size to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Just one pound of your fresh produce supplements four meals.
Map your garden
Place a pin point on the general location of your PAR garden using the Triangle Wiki Map feature.
Three Sisters Community Garden
This is a community garden effort that encourages neighbors to plant in the often-underused right-of-way strip between the sidewalk and the road. It's in conjunction with Logan Garden Center's "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program. Any produce from the garden can be harvested and delivered to Logan's for a receipt. They will work with Interfaith Food Shuttle to distribute the fresh produce to those who need it.
If people want an easy way to get started, we have developed a starter kit for the Three Sisters Garden, a traditional and sustainable food garden planted by indigenous peoples with corn, beans and squash.
The kit includes the following:
- One packet each of corn, beans and squash - enough for more than one garden.
- A bag of soil to create a mound for growing.
- A bamboo tripod - we are painting ours bright colors, and hanging the Garden identifier tag on it.
- Garden identifier tag - we ask that people hang this on the tripod or somewhere in the garden so passersby understand the plot is part of a community garden effort.
- Participants can plant anything else they want in the garden. They might want to do a couple mounds in a row, as planting more corn improves pollination.
- By using the right-of-way strip we are hoping the gardens will have more impact on the neighborhood than just food production. They will bring people out into their front yards to share and connect. They will add fun and variety to the neighborhood. They're somewhat unusual in that they are on an often-overlooked piece of land. All this might even get vehicles to drive more slowly through the neighborhoods. So you never know what all the far-reaching effects will be. We're less concerned about growing the perfect garden than we are about having fun together.
- What if walking dogs pee on the plants? Hopefully, the identifier tags will make it obvious to dog owners that their dogs shouldn't be peeing there! People can also plant a row of something else in front of the garden, or place rocks, sticks, even a low fence a log the sidewalk. We can create little "no peeing dog, please" signs too, if folks would like those. If a plant does get peed on, it will be obvious- it will turn yellow and may die from the alkalinity of the urine.
Print: Flyer, Instructions and Stickers
Three Sisters Garden Identifier Tag.pdf -Three Sisters Garden Identifier Tag
Three Sisters flyer.pdf - Three Sisters Flyer
Three Sisters Garden_growing instructions.pdf - Three Sisters Garden Growing Instructions