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Last Summer, we created the first ever Rise Against Hunger Garden Club. Gardening enthusiasts – and first timers, too! – spruced up their porches and yards while supporting Rise Against Hunger’s sustainable agriculture initiatives

Continuing these programs is a critical element in our 2021 COVID-19 relief plan. You can be part of the solution in this time of crisis by joining the Garden Club – Spring Edition today!

Rise Against Hunger’s virtual garden club is open to new and seasoned gardeners alike. Our instructor isn’t only an amazing Community Engagement Manager — she’s also a superstar gardener, and she’ll be sharing tutorial videos full of gardening tips with Garden Club members. Learn more about Elizabeth and her passion for gardening from our first Q&A announcement blog!

When did you begin gardening? How did gardening become a passion for you?

I was introduced to gardening at a young age. I watched my mom plant peppers, tomatoes and watermelon in our backyard. While in college my interests in nutrition grew. As a graduation requirement, I was able to work in my university’s agriculture department. There is where I really dove into growing food for myself and sharing what I learned and experienced with others. 

What made you want to be a part of the Rise Against Hunger Garden Club?

I thought sharing my hobby could be fruitful for both members of the Garden Club and also the people we serve who will benefit from the support our members provide. Whether you are a new gardener, are looking for a new hobby or looking for a relaxing atmosphere to share a mutual interest, the Garden Club is for everyone. 

What are the benefits of growing a home garden?

Some benefits of growing a home garden include immediate access to fresh fruits and veggies and peace of mind surrounding chemicals and products used during the growing process. It also creates the opportunity to make a positive environmental impact and can be a personal oasis or avenue to relaxation. 

What are a couple of tips you would give to first-time gardeners?

If you are a first-time gardener, pay attention to how light plays through your prospective planting location. Your plants will need at least six hours. Start with great soil! Avoid soils with synthetic ingredients; organic soils with natural ingredients are best. Make sure your plants are watered every day and grow food you love to eat!

Serving as the instructor for the Rise Against Hunger Garden Club, what is one thing you hope members take away from this experience?

I hope members are able to leave this experience feeling inspired and equipped to grow their own food while also feeling a part of our mission to create sustainability across the world.  

At Rise Against Hunger, we strive to empower communities by planting seeds of hope. What does “planting seeds of hope” mean to you?

One of the most commendable actions we can contribute to in this lifetime is growth. The growth of ourselves and others. Planting seeds of hope is the first step to creating a thriving atmosphere for the growth of people and the enhancement of their nutrition for decades to come. 

Want to be a part of the Rise Against Hunger Garden Club? Register online today!