The Dinner Garden has provided seeds to 48,000 families since 2009
For $61 in seeds, we can grow about $1.3 million worth of vegetables
The Dinner Garden provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. We assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. Our goal is for people to plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens so they can use the vegetables they grow for food and income.
Since beginning our mission in early 2009, we have provided seeds to over 48,000 families and over 120 community gardens! We have reached into all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii and Texas to Alaska! Our volunteers and partners are hard at work, packaging and delivering seeds in many of these states. We have received donations from all over the country from individuals. We have also received seeds, gardening supplies, and cash donations from numerous companies.
250 Beefsteak tomato seeds cost us $9.00. We pay $18.00 for 216,000 carrot seeds. Lettuce is $16.00 for 372,000 seeds. 7,350 squash seeds cost $18.00. That equates to paying $9.00 for 10,000 pounds of tomatoes, $18.00 for 216,000 carrots, $16.00 for 372,000 heads of lettuce, and $18.00 for 110,250 pounds of squash. For this example, the retail price for all this produce is $1,263,825. So for $61 in seeds, we can grow about $1.3 million worth of vegetables.
Seeds headed towards the mailbox this week.
For the general public, growing a garden is an expense. To many, that expense to simply too great. A pack of seeds from the store can cost $1.00 to $3.00. Containers, dirt, fertilizer, and mulch add $20 to $100 more. That is why we started The Dinner Garden. We provide those seeds for free. We show you ways to garden with the materials you have around the house, like milk jugs for containers, kitchen scraps for fertilizer, and free mulch from the dump. As we grow, we will provide free supplies. We are also your source for gardening information.