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not sure which way to go The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
27th Oct '12

I've been growing my own veggies for about the past year now and have only just grown enough for my family, and a little bit for my parents, and bulking up our intake with frozen out of season veg.
Well this season I've decided to branch out and as well as just my little garden down the dead side of my house I have a heap of unused land in the back. I've had plans for 4 years to put in an oriental garden but its just never panned out, and all I've done is built up a back garden bed that's full of sand and put down some fake grass. Off to one side I have HEAPS of unused land thats just limestone pavers, 2 olive trees, a few flowers, and a Japanese cherry tree.
I am going to turn all this unused land into just a HUGE self sufficient garden bed and I'm even contemplating doing a bit of hydroponics because the soil here isn't very good for lettuce. I will be spending hundreds on it all over the next few months.
SO wants me to look at renting a little stall down the local markets or swap meet a couple of times a month and sell our excess, maybe pickle or dry some things and try to recoup a bit of the outlay. We're not poor or broke but a bit of extra money doesn't hurt.
My mother however thinks we should donate the excess to the local homeless shelter or to a food pantry (like Anglicare).
What would you do if you were in this situation?

Monsieur Tastybutt TTC since Jul 2011; 2 kids; Oklahoma 426 posts
27th Oct '12

If it were me, I would donate the excess to one of the food pantries in our area.

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
27th Oct '12

Im not sure how much extra you have but could you do both? or maybe alternate months (donating &selling)

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
27th Oct '12

I'd just donate it, but that's mostly because I'd be too lazy to go set up a booth to earn money I didn't need.

user banned California 36390 posts
27th Oct '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I'd just donate it, but that's mostly because I'd be too lazy to go set up a booth to earn money I didn't need."


:!: and I wouldn't care to make extra money I didn't need when I could donate it instead.

Idlehands 2 kids; Perth, Australia 6121 posts
27th Oct '12
Quoting The (super kinky) Master:" I've been growing my own veggies for about the past year now and have only just grown enough for my family, ... [snip!] ... the excess to the local homeless shelter or to a food pantry (like Anglicare). What would you do if you were in this situation?"


Well as nice an idea as donating is, Anglicare probably won't take the food for insurance purposes. It's silly I know, but it's in case someone gets sick. However do your research there may be exclusions for vege/ fruit.



Why don't you do both? Donate what ever is left over at the stall?
What do you want to do?

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
27th Oct '12
Quoting Idlehands:" Well as nice an idea as donating is, Anglicare probably won't take the food for insurance purposes. ... [snip!] ... be exclusions for vege/ fruit. Why don't you do both? Donate what ever is left over at the stall? What do you want to do?"


Anglicare won't but a few of the smaller pantries will ... plus the Salvos will as well. I honestly don't know what I want to do

Idlehands 2 kids; Perth, Australia 6121 posts
27th Oct '12
Quoting The (super kinky) Master:" Anglicare won't but a few of the smaller pantries will ... plus the Salvos will as well. I honestly don't know what I want to do"


If you make enough produce, do both. You can always donate what isn't sold at your stall too (as long as the produce is still good).

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23132 posts
27th Oct '12

I am an avid gardener, cook and baker. Many people have suggested that I put me skills to use and make money. The reason I haven't is that successful businesses involving food and goodies require me to work when everyone else is relaxing. I value my time as well as time with other people so I have no interest in having my evenings and/or weekends tied -up on a regular basis.



However, I LOVE giving and THAT is a motivator for me. So, I donate things I make at my own pace and without a schedule.



So, for ME, I'd prefer planting produce with donations in mind. I'd probably ask the local pantries for suggestions on what I should plant based on what they see more need ad desire for.



The above are just MY sentiments. Obviously, everyone is different and you might love making a routine commitment and having a place at a farmers market.