UT institute promotes produce sharing program

UT institute promotes produce sharing program (Image 1)
UT institute promotes produce sharing program (Image 1)

By MEGAN BOEHNKE
Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A first-time farmer in South Knox County, Jonathan Buchanan sells what he can at farmer's markets downtown and on the University of Tennessee campus.

What he doesn't sell, he donates to a new initiative kick-started by two UT Institute of Agriculture staffers called “Give More, Grow More.”

The program, dreamed up by human resources administrator Amy Caponetti, was initially meant to glean the extra fruits and vegetables grown by backyard gardeners and donate them to local charities. The initiative since has grown to include vendors at the university's Wednesday farmer's market at the UT Gardens and patrons who purchase extra produce for the cause.

Caponetti says a grant is being proposed that would allow the university to expand the campaign into the community and to other UT campuses and extension offices across the state.

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