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Organization: One Tomato Project
History: The One Tomato Project was founded in Sarnia-Lambton in 2009. it was inspired by the Victory Gardens of World War II. Victory Gardens were home-grown vegetable gardens promoted by the U.S. and Canadian governments during WWII. In 1943, in a radical act of war support, Eleanor Roosevelt had the front lawn of the White House ploughed up, and she planed a Victory Garden. During the war, American gardeners grew about forty percent of the produce eaten in the U.S., all from plots planted in any available space including front lawns, vacant city lands, parks, and school yards.
Today, we have enough space to feed everyone, we just have to change green space to food space.
Mission: The One Tomato Project wants you to plant a tomato plant, or any vegetable, this year. Grow whatever you like to eat, eat as much of it as you can, and donate the rest to a local food bank. It's as simple as that! Be really excited that you grew, and ate, one tomato from a plant that you've nurtured. Organizations can become involved as well. If your business or the business you work for has a gardening budget, transfer some of those funds into vegetable plants instead of flowers. Grow vegetables in your gardens, and either donate the produce directly to a food bank, or sell it to staff and donate the money. Either way it is easy and will make an enormous impact in someone's life.
Motto: Plant. Grow. Eat. GIVE!
Things You Can Do: Plant a tomato plant, or any vegetable, this year; Make bucket gardens; Can it; Start a "One Tomato" food drive at your local farmer's market or grocery store; Create a community garden.
Nominated Because: "I'd like to nominate the One Tomato Project for your monthly featured organization. I've gotten to know the founders and some members closely this summer and have seen first-hand how hard the few have laboured for their cause. Now that the harvest is rolling in and finding great use at the food bank, I think they deserve the recognition for their work!" - Alexandra Wetelaken