Foster Tomato Program Harvest
Become a Foster Tomato Parent!
Foster Tomato Program Update
Deliveries from Foster Tomato participants are increasing as our vegetable harvests ripen. We've delivered several hundred pounds of zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, cucumbers, squash and broccoli to the kitchens of the Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, and Head Start. This will continue through the fall.
Thanks to all of you who have "fostered" plants and given back to these kitchens.
Fresh food = healthy families.
Year 5 is complete. All plants were "fostered out" or planted in our gardens.
All Foster Tomato parents must agree to donate 20% of the harvest back to donate to kitchens and pantries in
Great Falls. However, this year, you are asked to bring your "donation" to the Westside Orchard Garden as we need to keep track of how much comes back. Your payback may be one tomato or 20# - it doesn't matter!
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Tomato "parent" this year, please get in touch with Captain Compost by calling 406-868-2359 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - or just show up at the designated times to pick up plants and sign the Foster Parent agreement.
Download this foster tomato program document to share with friends.
How the Foster Tomato Program works:
The Flower Farm and Bundi Gardens donate tomato and other veggie plants for the Foster Tomato Program. The program both encourages folks to grow and enjoy fresh produce, and also benefits local kitchens and pantries.
The first year, Flower Farm had 200 extra tomato plants to be "fostered out". In 2011 they donated 2000 plants - tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, eggplants, lettuce, tomatillos, melons and strawberries. All the plants were given out to foster growers, who shared back a portion of the FRESH produce to the Community Food Bank. In 2012 & 2013, 400 tomato plants went out to foster parents. In 2014, our 4th year, the shared harvest went to the Head Start and Boys & Girls Club kitchens, who were better prepared to handle fresh produce. This year, we will also take your harvest to the Boys & Girls Club, Head Start, and Meals on Wheels, who prepare a combined total of over 800 meals a day!
If you and your fellow gardeners would like to be included in the Foster Tomato Program as foster growers, please contact Gardens from Garbage at 868-2359.
Thanks for your help with feeding hungry neighbors FRESH food!