When Donna Stumphf was in her Grand Forks, North Dakota, community garden last fall, she was surprised to see the number of abandoned plots that had viable vegetables left behind.
“I saw so many gardens that still had vegetables and the people just walked away,” Stumphf tells MNN. “I guess they were just tired of them or they just produced too much and they didn’t know who to call.”
Stumphf, 68, began going from plot to plot, carefully gathering up any lingering vegetables with plans to take them to the local homeless shelter.
“I thought this was crazy to waste this,” Stumphf says. “There’s got to be people out there who can really use these vegetables.”
Dieter Heitmann, co-owner of All Seasons Garden Center which runs the community project, saw Stumphf and was curious what she was doing. When she told him, Heitmann pointed out plots that had leftover carrots and beans and squash.
When she saw how much she had harvested, the idea lit a huge lightbulb over her head. She knew there were plenty of people in the area who sure could use some fresh vegetables. Read more on MNN