Spartanburg Master Gardeners help feed the hungry

By Diane Palmer

volunteers gardeningAs food prices rise, more people go hungry. Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s when the Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont and soup kitchens step in to help.

Thirty or more volunteer Master Gardeners have been donating fresh produce from their garden to local soup kitchens for several years. Last year, they donated 2,184 pounds of vegetables to Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Second Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen, Miracle Hill, Children’s Shelter and Spartanburg Boys Home.

The garden is located on retired Clemson Extension agent Charlie Grey’s property in Cowpens. Bonnie Plants nursery donated starter plants. Kline Cash, owner of Cash Farms, allows them to use his refrigerators to store the produce and also donates day-old bread produced at his farm. Harold Page is committee chair for the garden.

This “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program is based on the national model sponsored by the Garden Writers of America. To earn the title of Master Gardener, individuals must complete 40 hours of class work taught by Clemson Extension agents, pass a final exam, and donate 40 hours of service to the community. 

For information: Corey Tanner, 864-232-4431, Ext. 121,