Food Garden Program
Master Gardener Program
Give someone some food
and they eat for a day,
Teach them to grow food
and they eat for a lifetime.
One in ten people in Benton and Franklin Counties are going hungry, including one in four children. Many more do not eat enough fresh vegetables and fruit. The WSU Master Gardeners teach them how to grow food, help them build gardens, provide tools and materials, and mentor them for success. This is part of our mission to teach people about gardening.
We focus on people who either don’t have enough food, or need more vegetables and fruits in their diets. These include families with low incomes and other disadvantaged persons in our communities, especially children.
Prior donors have helped over 500 food gardeners so far. But, the demand for more food gardens continues to grow. With your donation, more low-income and disadvantaged persons will be able to grow food.
We will use your donation to buy materials, tools and supplies to help people in need put nutritious food on their tables. For example a $200 donation provides everything a family needs for a garden to produce 100 pounds of vegetables and fruits every year.
Also, if you are interesting in volunteering to help the new food gardeners build their gardens, or you have new or slightly used food gardening tools or materials to donate, please contact:
Bill Dixon, Master Gardener Lead for Food Gardening Team
Wtdixon3@gmail.com or by phone at 509-531-5913 or 509-735-3551
The Food Garden program is a project sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation.
The Master Gardener Foundation of Benton-Franklin County is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation (EIN 02-0777791) registered with the Washington Secretary of State (RN 27115). Your donation may be eligible for a tax deduction under IRS rules. You may contact us at 7102 W Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336 or call 509-735-3551.
Thank you for helping people in our communities help themselves.
Enhancing our Communities
The purpose of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners (MG’s) provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.
Today’s Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to:
- manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner;
- address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection;
- reduce the impact of invasive species; and,
- increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.
MG’s also enhance communities through demonstration gardens and donation of produce to local food banks. Low-income citizens learn to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient with the help of Master Gardeners. Whatever the priority need may be, if it can be addressed through gardening, WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers are there to serve as part of the solution.
Here in Benton and Franklin counties, our Master Gardener volunteers are trained to solve gardening problems and provide WSU approved research-based advice to the public. Our volunteers staff regularly scheduled plant problem diagnostic clinics in several locations during the gardening season, helping people learn to manage their landscapes and gardens more more effectively with environmentally sound gardening practices.
To give securely online:
- visit WSU’s online giving page
- Select Campuses tab
- Select WSU Extension/4-H from first drop down menu
- Select Benton County Master Gardener Excellence Fund from second drop down menu
- Select your level of giving
- Make check payable to BF Master Gardener Program
- Mail check to WSU Extension, 7102 W Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336