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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Who can register for this program?
We’re encouraging individuals and community gardens to register their garden for the project. This just let’s us know you’re on-board to grow and give. You may have a container garden on your patio or a multi-acre farm property or a small plot in an urban community garden – the site and specifics don’t matter. Just your intention to grow and give.
How much produce do I have to donate?
There is no minimum donation requirement. We’re simply hoping you’ll try to grow extra and donate what you can locally.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
You can contact your local CSU Extension county office with specific growing and giving questions. You can also email our project team at growandgive@colostate.edu.

GROWING QUESTIONS

I have never grow food before, where should I start?
Awesome! CSU Extension has been helping Coloradans grow for 150 years so we are here to help. Check out the Getting Started section on the grow site and our information on Great Produce for Giving.
How should I water my garden?
See the Irrigation section on the grow site.
When do I harvest my veggies?
Generally speaking it’s best to harvest vegetables out of the heat of the day. Harvest into a bucket with water in it for crops that may be prone to wilting. Read your seed packet or the seed label for information on how to tell if your plant is ripe.
What is the Last Frost Date for my area?
Check out “When should you plant in your area?” under the Getting Started section on the grow site.
When should I start fall plantings?

You want to count back from the first frost date (first frost in the fall) to the estimated time to maturity listed on your plant seed package.

How do I protect my plants from frost?
See our resources under Season Extension & Frost Protection on the grow site.
How do I protect my plants from hail?

Hail can be devastating to a garden, if you are able to provide a protective cover such as a row cover, or garden shade that can help. Temporary containers such as buckets can work as well, but must be removed promptly if the sun comes out.

Will my plants recover from hail?

It depends on the severity of loss. Many plants will push new growth, but it will set them back significantly.

How do I protect my plants from wind?

Wind can be problematic for many of our plants, using other stronger plants as a windbreak can be effective, for details contact your local county extension office.

How do I fertilize?
Weeds are taking over, what do I do?
Identify your weeds. It’s easier to pull weeds before they get big, so monitor your garden frequently. Mulch, either plastic or organic (wood mulch, grass clippings etc.) can reduce the prevalence of weeds, and make those that come up easier to remove.

Review our weed management resources:

GIVING QUESTIONS

Is my produce good enough to donate?
Only donate produce you would consume. Ensure your produce is safe for consumption by reviewing Keeping Your Produce Safe for Donation.
Where can I donate in my local community?
We are working hard with people across the state to identify locations where you can donate your homegrown produce. Check out this map as a starting place!
What if there aren't donation sites in my area?
If you don’t see locations on this map, you may need to do some searching on your own.

First, contact your local CSU Extension office to see if they know of any places not on this site yet.

Second, you can research and identify new emergency food locations accepting homegrown produce. We have this one-pager to help: Connecting with a Local Org Questions to Ask.

Finally, if you do find new locations, please email us at growandgive@colostate.edu so we can add those new sites to our statewide map. Thank you for helping others donate!

How do I keep my produce safe for donating?
There are several things you can do to ensure your homegrown produce is safe for donating. This one-pager is a good place to start: Keeping Your Produce Safe for Donation
Where can I find labels for my produce?
We’re encouraging all Grow & Give gardeners to label their produce with our provided labels so the project will be recognized statewide for our collective donations and impact. Download labels: Grow&Give labels.

Where do I report my donation?
We’ve developed a quick reporting survey: Report Your Donation Form.

When you report, you’re adding your donation to a growing list of statewide donations. Together, we can share the important value local food brings to Colorado. We are simply neighbors helping neighbors.

Our collective efforts will strengthen the program and demonstrate that individual actions and commitment can impact communities positively. Thanks for growing and giving with CSU!