While contemplating this year’s seed catalogs, consider ordering an extra seed packet to grow for your local food bank. Lettuce Link recommends choosing a productive crop that can be harvested in batches, which makes things simpler for you in the garden, easier for food banks to distribute, and better menu planning for meals-on-wheels programs. I like low maintenance greens such as chard, kale, collards, and pac choi, all of which produce several harvests of beautiful, tasty leaves throughout the year. Veteran food bank gardeners at my pea patch have also had good luck with brassicas like cauliflower and broccoli.

Thanks for sharing your harvest with those who aren’t as fortunate.