Plant a Row – Grow a Row

Plant a Row – Grow a Row

Mar 11, 2015 | News

Planning on growing a garden this spring? You can help the Agape Centre give people in need healthy, fresh produce by joining the Plant a Row – Grow a Row program.

This food sharing initiative encourages local gardeners to devote space in their personal gardens for growing vegetables to donate to the community food bank. Growing vegetables is an easy way to create food for yourself, and others. In order to grow the best vegetables, some people may want to consider growing them in their greenhouse. This will protect them from the weather conditions. Additionally, some keen vegetable growers might also want to consider using a specialized wrap around their greenhouse to optimize vegetable growth even more. These films, found at, can help vegetables to grow properly by giving the individual growing them complete control over the conditions. They can use the darker side to create a blackout curtain, or they can also create a shade curtain for the crops. This should help them to grow properly. Hopefully, by using something like this, more people should be able to grow a successful crop, allowing them to donate some.

“Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and we are continually seeking ways to provide these important staples to our clients,” said Alyssa Blais, executive director of the Agape Centre.

Plant a Row – Grow a Row began in Winnipeg in the 80’s, when a local family donated their surplus of potatoes to the local food bank. Soon, many other gardeners in Winnipeg were donating their surplus vegetables as well, and the idea spread throughout North America. Today, the program has taken off from coast to coast, including a strong presence in Edmonton, London, and throughout Quebec, where it is called the Un rang pour ceux qui ont faim initiative.

Of course, the biggest contributor to the success of the program in any community is the efforts of the thoughtful people who grow and donate food to those in need. Participants in the Plant a Row – Grow a Row initiative take on the fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding task of supporting members of the community.

At the Agapé Centre food bank, we encourage you to become a part of our Plant a Row – Grow a Row program. Together with the Weeding Out Hunger garden, this initiative presents a huge opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of other people.

Join our growing number of contributors to this exciting program. We will provide free seeds and resources to anyone willing to donate their time and effort.

For more information or to sign-up, contact Kendra Smith by phone at 613-938-9297 ext. 21 or by email at