Grow & Give

Every Meal’s Grow & Give initiative brings together produce from our garden, community garden partners, farmer’s markets, and you! Each week, the collected produce is distributed to children and families in our community throughout the growing season.

Every Meal’s Grow & Give Garden

In partnership with Ramsey County, Every Meal has converted approximately 4,000 sq. ft of county land right at our facility into a produce garden. As part of our summer programs, this seasonal produce initiative significantly expands the amount of produce we are able to provide to children and families who need it.

Grow & Give Garden

Grow & Give Garden Partnerships

Our growing produce garden partnerships include Dangerous Man and Surly breweries, New Life Presbyterian Church, and the Northeast Farmers Market.

New Life Presbyterian Church garden partnership - planting the produce

Grow & Give From Your Garden

Want to get involved? You can grow and give produce from your garden at home, business, or faith community.

Drop off produce donations at Every Meal located at 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113 on Mondays (9:00am – 2:00pm) and Tuesdays (9:00am – 12:00pm) from June 27th – September 27th, 2022. Please email our Programs Manager, Christine Weber (cweber@everymeal.org), with a brief description of your donation to arrange a time for drop-off.

Types of produce to donate

Below is a list of produce most desired. This is not an exhaustive list. Additional produce also welcome.

      • Broccoli
      • Cabbage
      • Carrots
      • Cucumbers
      • Eggplant
      • Herbs (mint, cilantro, parsley, basil, etc.)
      • Green Beans
      • Leafy Greens (kale, chard, lettuce, etc.)
      • Peppers (spicy and sweet varieties)
      • Potatoes 
      • Radishes
      • Tomatoes (large and small varieties)
      • Squash
      • Zucchini
Tips for produce donations
      1. Harvest fruits and vegetables in a safe manner to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. For example, always wash hands before harvesting and wear clean gloves.
      2. Do not harvest if you are sick (coughing, sneezing, have a fever, etc.). If you are ill and worried about your produce spoiling, please ask a friend or neighbor to help harvest.
      3. We kindly ask that herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers not be used in the growing of produce donated. Organic fertilizers and pest control should be used when needed.
      4. Do not donate food that is overripe, has mold, bruising, or insect damage
      5. Wipe as much dirt/mud off of the produce as possible, but do not rinse. Rinsing can cause the produce to spoil more quickly.
Starting your own garden

Want to begin gardening, but don’t know where to start? We partnered with a local organization Giving Gardens to build our garden. They can help you with supplies and installation, and we then ask that you please donate to them to cover the costs of their services. To connect with Giving Garden, please complete the form here.

Another great intro to starting your own garden can be found here.