gigs4good

Gigs4good is a not for profit charity operating in Spokane. They provide volunteer assistance with professional, technical, handyman/household projects, and more. In return, “sponsors” donate to gigs4good, and any funds are then transferred in the full amount to a Spokane-based charitable organization.

Simply put, gigs4good is fundraising with service and Growing Neighbors is now one ministry they are willing to donate to! If you need some work done, please consider contacting gigs4good at (509) 290-8705 or contact@gigs4good.org so you can get your work done while helping our neighbors grow healthy food and relationships!

New Food Delivery Program

Thank you for all the ways you’ve helped to feed and care for your neighbors this year! We are excited to share about a great new food delivery service in Spokane that grew out of the Spokane County Food Security Coalition of which Growing Neighbors is a part. This pilot program will last through December for sure, and hopefully will continue into 2021. Go to sms1.org/food-deliveries to learn more or sign up to receive food. Also, additional drivers are needed for these contactless deliveries. Call 990-3010 to sign up to help!

We also still have frozen meals and some produce and non-perishables for take-out or delivery throughout the week. Just call 327-5522 or stop by the office and/or Little Free Pantry at 5508 N. Alberta St.

Johnny, Growing Neighbors Director

Little Free Pantries are Spreading!

We recently installed 6 Little Free Pantries in partnership with Caritas and NW Harvest! We have 1 more built and ready to go, and 6 more in process. We love the 24/7, low-barrier food access these pantries provide. We especially love when they are installed by an edible garden to help provide food that is as local and healthy as possible, year-round. Jonathan and his family installed an LFP on their property (including a candy cane dispenser), they are helping to stock others, and they are planning to add a garden nearby this spring! Find food or help stock a pantry at:

  • Shadle Park Presbyterian Church
  • 2506 W. Rowan Ave.
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
  • Emmaus Church
  • Salem Lutheran Church
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church
  • Fowler United Methodist
  • Northside Church of Christ
  • Neurotherapy Northwest
  • 4017 W. Queen Ave.
  • 6718 N. Wall St.
  • 2603 W. Broad
  • 3005 W. Rowan Ave.
  • W. 2330 Sharp Ave.
  • 1428 W. Broadway Ave.

Do you know of others? Please let us know! Can you help fund, build, paint, install, host, stock, or locate a good site for an LFP? Let’s keep reducing transportation barriers to nutritious food!

Neighborly in the Winter?

We often get questions about how Growing Neighbors keeps functioning in the colder months. This is obviously even harder during a pandemic, but there are lots of ways to be a good neighbor even when you can’t grow food to share. Apart from food box deliveries and Little Free Pantries, here are a few ideas:

  • Flock someone’s front door (thanks to whoever did this to us!)
  • Make meals or treats and drop them off on a doorstep
  • Send a card, email, text or message your favorite way
  • Enjoy a socially distanced walk together outside
  • Help with snow shoveling or de-snow/icing a car (carefully)
  • Use your imagination and share your gifts, passions & skills

Recent Grant Award!

We are excited to announce that the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council received a grant from Live Local INW for gardening supplies from local businesses. We are happy to be partnering with the council to make these purchases and spread some community gardening love. If there is anything you need to start or expand your garden, let us know. Also, if you are able to contribute to continuing to expand the movement to help neighbors grow healthy food and relationships, we’d love for you to make a year-end or recurring gift in the Growing Neighbors box here.

Spokane Christmas Lights Hunt

It’s the season for Christmas Lights! Join the hunt by using the lights map at http://bit.ly/christmaslightshunt. If you notice other awesome lights that should be included, contact us!

To enter your name for prizes (ages 0-12), sign up by emailing your name and family contact to sociallydistantchristmaslight@gmail.com or by calling 509-327-5522.

It’s Hoedown Time!!

Let’s celebrate! And did I mention, free food? Yes, we will have lots of fresh produce as well as boxes of shelf-stable food. Can you help spread the word to some neighbors in need? Please forward this email or share the attached flyers. We hope to share this food in a fun way by also enjoying some great music, sharing edible veggie decorating supplies, seeing the gardens where some of the food was grown, and giving away some door prizes from our great partners. We’d love to see you and celebrate the end of the Farmers’ Market and growing season together!

Here is the Zoom info to listen to the music from home or outside at the event site: 5508 N Alberta St.

Topic: Growing Neighbors Hoedown
Time: Oct 2, 2020 5:15pm PT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 848 9302 6223
Passcode: 180673

Thank you for joining us at the Market!

We are so thankful for all of you who visited us at the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market this season. We’ll miss seeing you on Fridays, but would love to stay connected! You can keep an eye on what we’re up to and ways to connect with our community partners by looking at the calendar on our website www.growingneighbors.org. We may see each other less as the weather gets colder, but keep enjoying healthy food, keep looking for ways to care for neighbors and nature, keep fighting racism, keep caring for those who are vulnerable, sick, and fighting fires, and keep seeking peace in this political season.

Featured Flower: Giant Sunflowers

We have been loving these amazing sunflowers. We had no idea they would get this big and bring smiles to so many faces. Anyone want some seeds? We’d love your help harvesting the last of our produce and helping to put our various gardens to bed for the winter. Let us know when you are free and we’ll plan some garden time!

Swing by our Hub Farmyard at 5508 N. Alberta on Monday, October 5, from 9:30-noon for a gardening party.