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Published on Aug 31, 2015
Chip Paillex, founder of America's Grow-A-Row, decided one day to try growing food in a small garden with his family. He quickly had excess—120 pounds worth, to be specific. Paillex decided to donate that produce to a food pantry that had put a call out to gardeners that had grown more than they could handle. Here’s why Chip is special: He took it to a whole other level.
Fast-forward 13 years, and Paillex has expanded his benevolent operation to nearly 170 tillable acres. With more than 4,000 volunteers and five farm locations, America’s Grow-a-Row is Paillex’s idea of donating excess from a family farm multiplied. Volunteers pick up food and deliver it to local drop-off points, or folks in need are encouraged to come to the farm and pick fresh food for themselves.
The mission of America’s Grow-a-Row is to positively affect as many lives as possible through volunteer efforts to plant, pick, rescue, and deliver free, fresh produce.
According to the United Nations, there are 21 Million Refugees worldwide. As they travel, they sleep in the elements and face harsh conditions losing supplies as well as confidence and security. In recognition of this, students from the Royal College of Art in London created a jacket that turns in to a tent and can carry belongings safely while protecting refugees from the elements.
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