Plant Donation Info: Giving Away Plants To Others
Do you have plants that for one reason or another you don’t want? Did you know you could donate plants to charity? Giving away plants to charity is a kind of garden donation that those of us with a surplus can and should do.
If you are interested in donating unwanted plants, the following article contains all the plant donation info you need to get started.
Plant Donation Info
There are many reasons for unwanted plants. Perhaps the plant has become too large or you need to divide a plant to keep it healthy, and now you have more of the species than you need. Or maybe you just simply don’t want the plant anymore.
The perfect solution is donating unwanted plants. There are several options for giving plants away. Obviously, you might check with friends and family first, but institutions such as a local church, school, or community center may welcome your unwanted plants.
Donate Plants to Charity
Another way to donate plants to charity is to check with your local non-profit thrift store. They may be interested in selling your unwanted plant and turning the profit around for their charitable endeavors.
A garden donation made in this way can help your community benefit from programs such as child care, tax services, transportation, youth mentoring, literacy education, and various medical and residential services for those in need.
Giving Away Plants
Of course, you can also list plants on personal or neighborhood social media, Craigslist, or even just place them on the curb. Someone is sure to snap up your unwanted plants in this manner.
There are a few businesses that will take unwanted plants too, such as From My Bed to Yours. The proprietor here will take unwanted plants, sick or healthy, rehabilitate them and then sell them for less than a commercial nursery.
Finally, another option for giving away plants is PlantSwap.org. Here you can list plants for free, swap plants, or even search for plants you would like to own.
Thompson & Morgan's donations
At Thompson & Morgan no donation is too small. We take great pride in fundraising for local charities, from donating free seeds to schools, to turning £50 into over £1000!! In the past we have participated in events for charities EACH, Greenfingers, RAF Benevolent Fund and the RHS.
Together with the Royal Horticultural Society we have donated £22,000 worth of free seed to schools. We feel it is really important to promote children’s engagement in the garden for not only a healthy and active lifestyle but for creativity and inspiration.
Through 2016 we are supporting Thrive as our charity of the year.
We have launched an exclusive sweet pea in order to raise funds for the charity and help raise awareness of the positive effects gardening and horticulture can have on those living with disabilities and ill health.
New Sweet Pea Eleanore Udall has been named after the late wife of the founder of Thrive, Geoffrey Udall, who bequeathed his Beech Hill estate near Reading, Berkshire now home to the charity’s head office and gardens. We will be donating 50 per cent of the money generated from Thompson & Morgan sales of the sweet pea to Thrive, with 100 per cent of money generated from sales via the Thrive website staying with the charity.
Thrive was established in 1978 and is the leading charity in the UK that operates in the field of disability and gardening. It provides information and specialist services, training and structured horticultural programmes which help thousands of disabled people.
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. This is known as social and therapeutic horticulture (STH).
Thrive works from four regional centres: Trunkwell, Beech Hill, near Reading, Battersea Park, London, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, Kings Heath Park, Birmingham. Gardening programmes are delivered at our centres and in local community venues.
Thrive’s Training Programme runs courses across the country, ranging from taster days to a Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
Buy Sweet Pea Eleanore Udall here
How to Donate Produce from Your Garden to a Local Food Pantry
Nonprofit Ample Harvest makes it easy to find places in your area that accept fresh, home-grown fruits and veggies.
Growing your own produce can result in way more food than you can use, especially if it’s been a good year. It’s not unusual to end up with tons of cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes all at once, for example. If you have more fruits and veggies than your family can eat when it's fresh, you can always try canning or freezing some, but another option is to share your extras with your community. Ample Harvest makes it easy to get started this nonprofit organization connects home gardeners with local food pantries so you can pass along your excess produce to neighbors in need.
Millions of families across America use food pantries every day. However, it’s usually not easy for food pantries to keep healthy, fresh produce available to all of the people they help. That’s where home gardeners come in this past spring, victory gardens made a comeback as many people across the country planted their first veggie gardens as an alternative source of food during the pandemic. Now, as summer harvests continue ripening through fall, you may be finding yourself with more than you can keep up with. Ample Harvest can help you put your surplus to good use.
Ample Harvest hosts a database with over 8,700 registered food pantries across all 50 states. To donate some of your produce, all you have to do is enter your zip code on the website. Then, Ample Harvest will show you a list of registered food pantries in your area that accept donations from gardeners. You can get directions and see drop-off instructions for every pantry in your community (because fresh produce doesn’t keep for long, many have specific days when you can donate your garden goodies, or ask that you contact them ahead of time before bringing fresh produce).
Just be sure to follow any coronavirus safety guidelines your food pantry has in place if you decide to donate. Ample Harvest recommends that gardeners wear gloves to pick produce, call ahead before dropping off veggies so everyone can follow social distancing guidelines, and to thoroughly wash all fresh food before eating.
Even if you don’t end up with extra produce this year, you can still help local families in the future. When you’re planting your garden in the spring, try adding just one or two extra plants then, you can donate the produce from them while still growing enough for your own family to use. Squash plants (including zucchini), cucumbers, and potatoes are just a few examples of plants that produce a lot of food that you can grow to donate.
Sharing already plays a huge role in gardening you’ve probably swapped seeds with friends before, or shared extra tomatoes with your neighbors before they went bad. With help from Ample Harvest, you can expand your circle of generosity by giving your extra fruits and veggies to neighbors who need fresh food. Home-grown produce is way too delicious to waste, so put your surplus to work feeding local families!
Growing Spaces Urban Farming Grant 2021
Growing Spaces is proud to announce a new grant opportunity for Urban Farming. The deadline to submit this grant application is Jan 31, 2021 and the projects will be awarded in March 2021. Any in-kind donations provided as part of this grant will need to be completed by the end of 2021.
Urban Farming organizations, communities, and educational institutions are encouraged to apply to receive an in-kind donation from Growing Spaces. We anticipate that approximately $40,000 worth of in-kind donations will be awarded.
When reviewing applications, we will take the following factors into consideration:
- Impact and reach of the proposed project to an urban, low-income, and/or minority community
- Lack of access to fresh, organic, nutritious produce (food desert)
- Support network and other sources of funding available for the project
- History, stability, and legitimacy of the organization/institution
- Colder climates preferred
- A strong champion to ensure the project will be carried through to completion and have a lasting impact in the community
To see the projects we supported in 2020, visit our Food Insecurity Charities Blog.
GEF is a national nonprofit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. It aims to identify key factors and impediments influencing sustainability education, evaluate existing approaches, and develop effective educational materials and programs to promote behavior change towards sustainable practices. GEF offers free programs that provide curricula and hands-on activities to inspire K-12 students and teachers to think holistically about global sustainability concerns and solutions.