Plant it Forward
Plant Now, Donate Later
Fighting hunger from the ground up
Plant It Forward, a joint effort between the Gardens on Spring Creek and the Food Bank for Larimer County (FBLC), is urging all gardeners to fight hunger from the ground up and plant extra fruits, vegetables and herbs this spring to donate to the hungry during the harvest season.
"At this time of the year, Larimer County gardeners can decide to help the most vulnerable in our community by planting extra in their gardens," explains Michelle Provaznik, Director, Gardens on Spring Creek. "Each member of the community can make a difference; no donation is too small."
Since 2010, community members through Plant It Forward have delivered over 150,000 pounds of fresh food to the Food Bank for Larimer County. In its seventh growing season, the Gardens and FBLC organizers have set a goal for 100,000 pounds of produce to be delivered from area gardeners this year, which usually spans May through October.
Produce donations can be brought to the Food Bank for Larimer County, located at 1301 Blue Spruce, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue, will be accepting donations on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information regarding Plant It Forward, please contact the Gardens at 970-416-2486.
Results from Plant it Forward 2016
Fort Collins, CO – October 25, 2016 – The Northern Colorado gardening community stepped up this growing season to help those in need, delivering to date over 46,411 pounds of fresh produce through the Plant it Forward program, which benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County (FBLC). As a joint partnership between the Gardens on Spring Creek (GOSC) and the FBLC, Plant it Forward is a community activation campaign that encourages gardeners to plant, grow, and share some of their fresh produce with community members in need.
Donations of fresh produce go directly into the hands of community members via the Food Share pantry at the FBLC where Larimer County individuals, seniors, families with young children, and single parent households receive food assistance help. During the season of Plant It Forward (months of June-October), Food Share directly served nearly 14,000 community members each month.
From neighborhood champions strategically collecting fresh produce throughout Larimer County to champions at corporate sites, area churches, CSA farms, and the Garden of Eatin’ at the GOSC, the total collection reflects the tremendous effort put forward by area gardeners.
Two highlights of the year include the contribution from local gardener Dr. Tom Jamart, who has dedicated his backyard garden to the Plant It Forward program for the last five years. This year, he cultivated and harvested 3,121 pounds of produce. Another highlight includes Redeemer Lutheran Church donating nearly 10,000 pounds from its on-site garden.
“Our community really understands how to step up and help one another, and Plant It Forward is a clear demonstration of that community value. We are truly grateful for this partnership with the Gardens on Spring Creek and for all of our Plant it Forward donors,” said Amy Pezzani, Food Bank for Larimer County.
Since 2010, the Plant It Forward program has donated 105,600 pounds of produce from area gardens.
2145 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
May 1–Sept. 30
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.
noon–5 p.m. Sun.
Oct. 1–Apr. 30
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.