MARIPOSA — Last spring, the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County (MG) took on the Mariposa County Plant-a-Row program. Since then, the program has been successful in partnering with local entities that work toward solving food insecurity struggles in the county.
Last year Plant-a-Row members participated in the weekly Mariposa Farmers’ Market and collected produce from several of the vendors at the market’s close. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Raw Roots Farm, Shasky Farms, Serrano Farms, and House of Greens for their generosity in donating produce in support of the program. Additional thanks go out to the community residents who also participated by dropping off extra produce at local drop-off locations.
Produce collected by Plant-a-Row is distributed to those without access to fresh fruits and vegetables through our partner organizations. Last year the program distributed 972 pounds of produce to Heritage House, Manna House, Alliance and the Senior Center.
Now, it is time for the Plant-a-Row season to begin again! With your help we are looking forward to an even better year this year. Starting May 16, those wishing to donate surplus fruits and vegetables to the community can bring them to the following locations:
- Heritage House: 5200 CA-49N. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays are especially good.
- Manna House: 5127 Charles Street. Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Senior Center – Front Office: 5246 Spriggs Lane, Monday – Friday 8 – 11 a.m. & 2 – 5 p.m.
They ask that donations be weighed and noted at the site, if possible (a scale will be provided). If you have large donations, please contact Program Coordinator Sheri Mace at 209-966-2417 or email@example.com.
Plant-a-Row also has a gleaning program. If you know of someone who has an orchard where Plant-a-Row volunteers can pick fresh fruit to donate to those in need, please contact Sheri Mace.
Thank you for your help!