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This Weekend: Lettuce Link Benefit in Madison Valley

By Angela Garbes April 23, 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday April 24, Madison Valley's City People's Garden Store is holding a spring open house. From 11 am to 3 pm you can stop in, get advice on growing your own vegetables from the folks at Full Circle Farm (who run one of the area's only year-round CSA programs), take part in a free workshop on growing edible heirloom plants, and sample some vegetarian snacks made by, along with next-door neighbor Cafe Flora.
2010 is officially the year of urban agriculture, so get cracking.

The thing that really excites me about this event is that 10 percent of all of tomorrow's sales will go to Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground, which as worked for 20+ years to increase access to fresh, healthy produce for low-income families in the Seattle area. Lettuce Link runs Marra Farm, which grows produce for local food banks, and also works with P-Patches and community gardens in the city to encourage gardeners to grown an extra row of food to be donated to food banks and meal programs.

They also coordinate the Community Fruit Tree Harvest, through which volunteers gather fruit that would otherwise drop off the tree and go to waste, and give it to people with limited access to fresh produce. Last year, Lettuce Link gave away more than 62,000 pounds of fresh, local, organic produce to low-income families in the Seattle Area.
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