GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell and Crook county residents combined to grow a little extra produce for those in need — a “little” that amassed to about 300 pounds. Across the state, about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce — similar to the weight of a standard RV — was grown and donated to those in need in 2023.
The Grow a Little extra program began as an extension of the Wyoming Hunger Initiative in 2021, said Tailor Morris, Cent$ible Nutrition Specialist at the University of Wyoming Extension office. The idea is simple.
“We donate seeds throughout the community and encourage people to grow an extra row for those in need to donate to the food pantry,” Morris said.
Free seeds for community gardeners can be found at the local extension office on Gillette Avenue.
Morris said the produce donated in Campbell County has predominantly come from the Master Gardeners but there are others donating to the cause. The program goes through the summer and those who donate can drop off their veggies at the extension office or at local food pantries or nonprofits like the Salvation Army.
Because of the distance between offices, Morris said she’s also overseen produce from Campbell and Crook counties that go to the food pantries in Moorcroft and Sundance. Anyone may choose to join in the giving by picking up seeds this spring and bringing the produce back to the extension office in the summer for weighing and distribution.