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Harvest asks gardeners to pitch in with home-grown food donations

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Manitoba's largest food bank is asking gardeners to plant a row for Winnipeg Harvest.

This is the 27th year in a row for the Grow-a-Row challenge.

The row's founder Ron O'Donovan was on hand with Harvest's spokeswoman Chris Albi, and high school students at a press conference at Harvest's raised gardens behind its warehouse on Winnipeg Avenue.

This year, Food Matters Manitoba, a local organization, launched a competition in conjunction with the annual event, to encourage gardeners to plant an "edible landscape" and vie for prizes from local garden centres. Some 35 schools are taking part in the annual gardening challenge this year for the food bank.

Winnipeg Harvest supplies food for nearly 64,000 people, half of them under 18, every month, according to the food bank's latest figures.

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Updated on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM CDT: adds names to photo

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