Our great grandparents knew of the importance of a home garden. It once took only a trip out the backdoor to harvest a carrot or two for the evening stew or a quick snack for the kids. They took what they needed and canned for the future. Thankfully, gardening is no longer our great grandparent’s chore. Wisdom that once seemed lost or never taught have become accessible once more…gifts of container gardening, weed barriers, and internet sites come to mind. We’ve forgotten the simple promise of the seed and the strength we hold in our own hands to feed our families, until now.
The Hirshberg household, of San Antonio, planted a garden to deal with the spiraling effects of the recession, and soon after established a federally recognized nonprofit organization in an effort to heal and help a nation. Over 60,000 families have received FREE packets of vegetable garden seeds from The Dinner Garden! 136 community gardens were also granted the gift of seed!
My name is Julie McClaren Autaubo. I am one of three full-time volunteers for The Dinner Garden. One would think that a gardening nonprofit is only seasonal. We are not. Planting times vary with several states enjoying year-round gardening. The Dinner Garden is reminded daily that the family budget rarely includes good nutrition. This keeps me volunteering on a daily basis. Every hand packed envelope includes 10 different vegetable seed with The Dinner Garden covering the postage. The D.G. currently operates without major corporate sponsorship. Not only do we need donations of seed [cucumber, green beans, winter squash, chard & okra] but also donations for postage. A generous donation of $50,000 for postage & handling would greatly assist in tackling our waiting list of 45,000 seed recipients along with meeting additional needs. I’d would also like to tackle this volunteer’s personal dream for The Dinner Garden… seed for a vegetable or container garden sent to every mailbox across the U.S.A!
Julie McClaren Autaubo