I Have an Idea

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If you’ve talked to me in person in the last year or so, it’s no surprise that helping people, supporting charities, and engaging in social justice are concepts that I value.  So, when I was going through a pile of stuff that I have been accumulating for at least a year and I found a brochure for the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project my mind started running.

Maybe I could donate some food from our garden.

Maybe I could plant some food specifically for donation.

Maybe I could get some friends to donate with me.

Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Maybe I could get some friends to commit to taking care of a community garden plot (20 feet x 40 feet) and donating all of the vegetables we get to the Hunger Free Project.

That sounds AMAZING to me!  If I could combine two of my interests and be able to provide for people who might not have enough otherwise, I would be so happy.  What could be better?

So, now I’m in the making contact and doing research phase of my idea.  I’ve contacted the Ag Department to get any updated information they might have on the project.  I’ve contacted a local garden center that has community garden plots.  The next step would be to put this out there to friends and acquaintances to see if anyone would be interested in helping me.

I loved my garden last summer, and at times I wished I could have had a bigger space.  The thing that worries me is time.  New gardens need a lot of care.  Our garden last year needed hours of weeding every day for 3-4 weeks.  Hours.  Every day.  I’m not sure that’s fair to my family.  That’s why I think I’ll need help.

And there’s the money.  The gardens cost either $125 or $150 to rent.  I can’t remember which.  Of that money, either $25 or $50 goes toward a credit you can use for seeds or plants at the garden center.  That’s still $75 or $100.  That’s a lot for me to put up at once.

This is where my plan hits a standstill.

In my head, there’s something about a spreadsheet assigning different jobs or breaking up the responsibility by assigning people responsibility for a few days at a time.  I can see a big sheet of graph paper with the garden all planned out.  I can see work days where we go and do a mass weeding or harvesting.  I’m just not clear on what comes in between these things.

So, as I said in the title of this post.  I have an idea.  I’m off to obsess about it for a few days and see if I can move it forward to the next step.


  1. If you are able to implement this idea, I pledge twenty bucks. I hope it’s a great success! You’ve combined some of my interests also, but from several states away I won’t be around to help weed. God bless!

  2. Thanks, Kate! I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

  3. That’s a wonderful idea! And like the first commenter said, even if they can’t work in the garden maybe people can still pledge some money to help out. The extra proceeds (if there are any) could go directly to a charitable organization. Or you could have people pledge a certain amount of money per ripe tomato or inch of cucumbers or something – like when people pledge a penny per mile for runners.

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