Conference Topic – Creating a Food Pantry Garden

Penny’s presentation will focus on things to consider when planning a food pantry garden. Topics include project organization, funding, equipment needed, the irrigation system, location (public space vs. private property), insurance, produce distribution, crop selection, recruiting volunteers and community partnerships.


Penny Davis has been a Sandoval County Master Gardener since 2007. When the economy collapsed in 2008, and people were losing their jobs and unable to feed their families, Penny and her husband Sandy decided to help by growing a small garden and donating the produce to a local food pantry. Since then, the project has grown significantly. Seed2Need currently encompasses two acres of vegetables and one acre of fruit trees. Volunteers also glean fruit from other orchards in Corrales and the north valley. Between 60,000 and 70,000 pounds of produce is donated each year to Roadrunner Food Bank and to food pantries in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties. Over 437,000 pounds of produce has been donated since 2010.