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Nursery collecting produce donations for Second Harvest


CAMDEN TWP. — If you are being overwhelmed by baskets of zucchini, tomatoes, corn, beans or other good things from your garden, drop off your excess produce today and Saturday at Gardenscapes Nursery, and Joanna Thomas will make sure it ends up on someone’s table.

Thomas, the nursery’s owner, said this is the third year she has been involved in the Plant a Row program of the Garden Writers Association to bring in fresh food for the needy.

People with excess produce from their gardens are asked to turn it in 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today or Saturday at the nursery at 15365 Gifford Road.

In 2009, people donated about 500 pounds of produce, and last year about 300 pounds were collected, she said.

Since 1995, Plant a Row participants nationwide have donated more than 14 million pounds of produce to feed Americans in need.

Every bit of food helps, said Julie Chase-Morefield of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

She said people can go to to find local farmers markets in their community that are sponsored by the food bank.

For example, a farmers market distributed free produce Thursday at Broadway Assembly Church in Lorain, according to Second Harvest.

On Tuesday, another farmers market will be 11 a.m. at the New London Salvation Army at 18 Akron St., New London.

The availability of fresh produce “is one of the most anticipated things, because it’s expensive in the grocery stores,” Chase-Morefield said.

“I look forward to the sweet corn, and this year the peaches have been amazing,” she said.


  • When: Donations will be accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday
  • Where: Gardenscapes Nursery, 15365 Gifford Road, Camden Township
  • Why: To provide fresh produce to local food pantries served by the Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio

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