Your community needs your help to grow.

Madawaska Valley Food Bank volunteer, Terry Newcombe, says they’re now looking for donations of seedlings from local vegetable farmers or growers.

He says that when spring rolls around, nothing flies off their shelves faster than trays of vegetable seedlings. He asks indoor growers to sow extras to donate the resulting transplants to MV Food Bank clients.

He adds that with their “Grow-a-Row” program, clients can now grow their own healthy and natural foods. Newcombe says that all vegetables are good candidates including tubs of tiny starter peppers, onions, carrots and cabbages. Newcombe says that the program also helps boost self-confidence in their clients by showing them they can feed themselves the right way with a bit of work.

“We’ll gladly take your leftovers too.” he says. To donate your seedlings, label them and drop them off at 188 Paugh Lake Road in Barry’s Bay on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

You can also visit Madawaska Valley Food Bank at 19460 Opeongo Line in Barry’s Bay. The MV Food Bank is open from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

For more information, contact Terry at or 613-756-3344.