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Share Your Garden

Do you have a garden or piece of land that?

  • Takes too much time to cultivate.
  • Yields more food than you can eat.
  • Lies fallow because you just don’t know how to grow food.
  • Ends up neglected and clogged with weeds.

Why not share the work with others in exchange for:

  • A share of the weekly produce yield.
  • To sell at the local farmers market.
  • To preserve for the winter months.
  • To donate to your local food bank or soup kitchen.

I was fortunate to inherit a plot of organic garden when I moved into my home five years ago. That first summer I had no choice but to let the weeds run wild, but ever since I have worked that plot for yields of food I did not think possible. Because I could not always do the work myself, I would invite friends or students to share the bounty in exchange for planting and weeding help. All went well until this summer, when due to rain, back bending heat, and weeds growing faster than I could pull them up, the garden was left to fend for itself.

Then yesterday, the sun shone through the clouds, and in the cool of the morning I waded through the overgrowth to find that not all was inedible weeds. I was able to harvest enough tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, eggplant and herbs to fill two large boxes. Now what? There was no way I could eat all that produce and being too busy to preserve it all I made a call to the New Jersey Food Bank. Within a few minutes I was in touch with a local church and on my way to deliver the fresh produce for their soup kitchen.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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6:51AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Nice! Thank you!

12:57AM PST on Feb 23, 2012


1:28AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:30AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010


1:38PM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

Well done

9:29AM PDT on Sep 8, 2010


1:26AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

I've been doing this for a while. I have a small garden, and I get different yields in different years, but anyway, I take my extras to church. People take what they want, and the secretary helps ensure those who need it gets it.

There are nonprofit groups like Garden of Eatin' or youth programs sponsored through the University extension programs that you could donate to also. People will come help out.

In my area, there are several outlets for farmer stands, and it's great because they're all over. Thanks!

3:10PM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Ive often thought about doing something like this but we live out of town and I think that would cause problems with transport.

4:50PM PDT on Sep 1, 2010

Sounds like a great idea!

4:04PM PDT on Sep 1, 2010

I hope this idea catches on nation wide.It would be a healthy organic food evolution.

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