Produce Exchange Program
With a resurgence of home and community gardening, it may be time to think about a summer produce exchange. The Sebastopol Grange is in the second year of hosting a successful biweekly event. People bring their surplus home grown vegetables, fruit, and plant starts at 5 p.m. on a Tuesday, sharing with one another. Forty-five minutes later, Dena Allen, coordinator, begins rounding up what’s left to take to the local interchurch pantry.
Now the Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition is looking for other sites, especially community gardens, which might host a swap. While the emphasis is on building supportive neighborly connections among home food growers, extra produce again can be gathered and delivered to a local food pantry. Or a local gleaning or food rescue group can be engaged to pick up and deliver what’s left at the end of the event.
For more guidelines, a flyer template, and for questions see this google folder.