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Gardeners support the community as they Grow & Give Back

The gardens of Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties grew with great pride this summer because they were deemed Giving Gardens. In 2021, amid poor economic conditions and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Counties began the Giving Garden program. With strong community support, gardeners of all ages were called upon once again in 2022 to grow and donate fresh vegetables or cut flowers using a little extra garden...
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Feed your community by safely donating homegrown fruits and vegetables

When home gardens are bursting with an overabundance of fresh produce, growers start looking for ways to share their bounty. Backyard gardeners can help feed their community by donating fruits and vegetables to local food pantries. Growers planning on donating to food distribution centers can take steps, even before they plant, to ensure they are providing safe, useable produce. Connect with your local food pantry Donating garden crops starts with connecting with a local food pantry. Donors...
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