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Garden Share is a Food-Share Program for Ventura County

Over 41,000 people in Ventura County do not get enough to eat each month.

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Garden Share is a new Food Share community-based effort that encourages neighborhoods to grow produce to help feed the hungry of Ventura County.

FOOD Share is a food bank that houses and distributes millions of pounds of food per year to the hungry of Ventura County.

Volunteers grow and donate qualifying produce (potatoes, tomatoes, celery, onions, broccoli or citrus) to any of Food Share's over 60 Food Depot sites in Ventura County (listed at

FOOD Share is a member of Feeding America and the California Association of Food Banks. FOOD Share also works with a subsidiary distribution partner in Kern County to share product and work collaboratively to serve both counties.

FOOD Share is the USDA commodity distribution agency along with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds and food distributor. The food bank receives donations for the community year-round and holds special food drives at specific times within the year when the food bank may be experiencing the need for more food.

Holiday Meals: During the Holiday’s special targeted donations are received to assist families provide for their traditional family holiday meal.

Military Families: FOOD Share also administers a military food and fund account for our local military families and base(s).

As the official sponsor of Garden Share, Agromin is providing a 25% discount on select soils purchased by Garden Share volunteers to grow qualifying Produce donated to Food Share.

Garden Share Participation

To participate in the Garden Share program and receive the soil discount, volunteers can simply register at

Once registered, volunteers will receive a 25% discount coupon (via email or postal mail) on select Agromin soil products in both bulk and bag, redeemable at any Agromin dealer location in Ventura County.

Keywords: Agromin, feed the hungry, Food Share, hunger, mulch; green materials recycling; green waste recycling; gardening, victory garden

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