Using their green thumbs to alleviate hunger

By Holly Johnson, Programs Assistant

To say that Carl Anderson and Jim Atkins have green thumbs is understatement.  They have been the superstars of Plant a Row donors in southern Delaware – donating a total of 2,873 pounds of produce to date.  What’s even more amazing is that all of this produce comes from two plots in their back yard that measure 30’x60’ and 30’x30.

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Atkins both grew up on farms and have been gardening their whole lives.  Their secret to such a productive garden is mushroom compost, good old-fashioned hard work and perseverance when it comes to keeping weeds pulled and soil loose.  They also say that it is a great way to stay in shape.  The harvest this year includes raspberries, blackberries, lima beans, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash and melons.  People in need in southern Delaware have been the recipients of all of this healthy fresh produce. 

When asked why they give to the Food Bank Mr. Anderson and Mr. Atkins said that they always have an over-abundance and have given it to neighbors in need. Thanks to generous neighbors like Mr. Atkins and Mr. Anderson people in need in the state of Delaware have greater access to healthy fresh food!

For more information about the Food Bank’s Plant a Row program, please visit

Check out some photos from the gardening duo!


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