After a colder and wetter spring than normal, backyard gardeners across Colorado are planting, tending, and preparing to harvest for the second season of Grow and Give, a program whose volunteers raise and donate fresh fruits and vegetables for statewide distribution to people in need.
Grow and Give is a project of the Colorado Master Gardener Program, a well-known part of CSU Extension. Volunteer participation is open to any Colorado gardener.
The project began in Spring 2020 in response to skyrocketing food needs among people coping with unemployment and other hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is modeled on backyard victory gardens that boosted food supplies and morale during the bleak years of World War I and World War II.
Coordinator for the Colorado Master Gardener Program, Katie Dunker who helps lead Grow and Give statewide said “It was so successful in its first season that Grow and Give is back, with a broader goal of boosting food security in Colorado communities over the long term.”
Dunker continued “This is where CSU Extension can make such a big difference connecting people to solve real needs in their communities. It took a pandemic