Start A Garden │ Feed Your Neighbors

Join PSN’s 2021 Food Donation Pilot Program and Strengthen Peekskill’s Food Security

PSN is looking to support long-time backyard gardeners and help new ones get started by providing free, organic seeds and connecting participants with local nutritional assistance programs in the city. Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete this form (o este en español); tell us what you’d like to grow, how many seed packets you’d like, what kind of space you’re working with, and where we should send the seeds (all information will be kept private).
  2. In early March (or thereabouts) we’ll send you organic vegetable and/or herb seeds, with advice for planting and a timeline for harvesting.
  3. Throughout the growing season, we’ll check in by email to see what’s ready to harvest and offer growing advice if needed.
  4. Every 1 to 2 weeks, we’ll coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs of fresh herbs and vegetables for donation to a local food pantry or soup kitchen.

Pretty simple, right?

Backyard, front yard, window sill, fire escape – whatever kind of space you have, you can grow some of your own food. We’ll send you seeds that are suitable for whatever your situation is.

There is no pressure to grow pounds and pounds of food: the idea is to make your best effort, get your hands dirty, and have fun. By working collectively, we don’t need to grow a lot on our own – we just need to share what we can spare.

That said, the more people who participate, the greater impact we’ll make – so share this invitation far and wide! (within Peekskill, anyway).

That said, supplies are limited. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone, but registration will close once we run out of seeds. (If you want to participate but don’t need the seeds, by all means, register: just let us know in the comments a) that you don’t need seeds, and b) what you’re planning on growing).

Any questions? Reach out to info@sustainablepeekskill.net or find us on Twitter. We’ll also keep a thread going in the Forum throughout the growing season for questions, comments, and encouragement.

The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.

Joel Salatin

Header Image: “NY Peekskill 1911” by snapshotsofthepast.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Published by Chris

Chris Barrett is a writer and non-profit professional based in the Hudson Valley / NYC.

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