Grow a Row for Mendocino County!!
COVID 19 has had an impact on the food stability for many people in Mendocino County. Now more than ever, we need the community to come together and do what we are known for, producing organic healthy food! MCA is partnering with the Caring Kitchen in Ukiah and the Fort Bragg Food Bank in Fort Bragg to bring their Grow a Row program to the MCA family!
What is Grow a Row?
Grow a Row asks local home gardeners to pledge one row of food to the Grow a Row program. The produce must be organically grown..
What is the Caring Kitchen?
The Caring Kitchen is a non-profit based in Ukiah. The organization prepares and delivers healthy, organic meals to cancer patients all over Mendocino County. Even better, their volunteer chefs are teens from the community who get to learn about preparing healthy meals for themselves and their families in the process. You can read more about The Caring Kitchen here.
What is the Fort Bragg Food Bank?
The Fort Bragg Food Bank serves low-income coastal Mendocino County residents from Elk to Westport, including the towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg. Once a week, clients are able to pick up a bag of staple foods and choose from a variety of fresh produce, bakery items, and limited quantities of meat, eggs, and dairy. Once a month eligible seniors and families with children under 6 may also receive a box of staple foods through the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). You can learn more about The Fort Bragg Food Bank here.
How Does the Program Work?
The form will ask you how big your Grow a Row space is and which fruits and vegetables you will be planting for donation. Once you submit the form, someone from MCA will contact you with drop off details.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can call MCA at 707-234-5568 and sign up that way.
Who Can Participate?
This program is open to anyone! The only rule is that all produce donated must be grown organically. This is on the honor system but produce is going to vulnerable people so organic is important!
How Do I Get Seeds?
The Garden’s Project is delivering! Donations appreciated but not required!
What Should I Grow?
Here is a list of some of the most requested produce items:
Flat leaf parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Mint
Green onions, White/yellow onions, Garlic
Peas, Spinach, Rainbow chard, Dino kale
Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Potatoes, Beets
Butternut squash, Delicata squash
Tomatoes, Sweet peppers, Melons
Lemons, Fuyu persimmons, Plums, Peaches, Pears, Apples
+ eggs, goat cheese
How Do I Donate the Produce When it is Ready?
The Caring Kitchen operates out of Mendocino College in Ukiah. The best drop off day/time would be Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning after 9 at the college kitchen. Additional details will be provided once the form is submitted.
The Fort Bragg Food Bank is located in Fort Bragg at 910 N Franklin Street. Drop offs can be made from 10:00 am – 11:30 am or 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Let them know you are a part of MCA’s Grow a Row program.
Again, for those who don’t have internet access, call 707.234.5568 for MCA’s help in handling your donation.
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