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Americas Grow a Row Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. At America’s Grow-a-Row we: • Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need • Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help • Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating • Cultivate in tomorrow’s leaders the habit of giving back • Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture

Results: We have delivered over 11.3 million pounds of free fresh produce (45.2 million servings) since 2002 to those suffering from hunger in NJ. Each year America’s Grow-a-Row donates 6 million servings, or 1.5 million pounds, of farm-fresh produce to hunger relief agencies including the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, City Harvest in New York City, Philabundance in Philadelphia, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative, which serves 23 food banks in 11 states from Maine to Virginia. We host 1,000 youth from the communities we serve at Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days and 9,000 volunteers participate in our program each year.

Target demographics: To provide free, fresh produce to those in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 65,000 people

Geographic areas served: New Jersey, New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region

Programs: Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need; Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help; Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating; Cultivate tomorrow’s leaders to give back; Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with America’s Grow a Row this summer. I am a SWAT team member. I am grateful for how organized and efficient this farm team is and all they do to offer fresh produce to families in need. This has been a rewarding experience albeit physically demanding at times. The leaders motivate us and encourage us while they work side by side with the group.
They have paid particular attention to Covid-19 restrictions and have kept us all safe.
I would highly encourage everyone that is able to get involved with this terrific organization!

Aycan A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We moved to the U.S. about 10 months ago with our 10 years old son because of my husband’s job. You know, it’s not easy to be away from your family and friends and start a new life. I hoped to be involved in a community that makes me feel like I belong here. But because of the pandemic, I was away from that. Then I decided to be a volunteer in a society where I can help others and feel that belongliness. That’s how I met AGAR.

Every morning, when Carla tells the new beginners like me about AGAR’s purpose, what to do that day, I feel excited and start harvesting right away. When the day is over and we finished harvesting, they announce how many tomatoes, peppers or corn we picked and how many families we can help with that. That is the moment I feel proud of myself and the others I just met. I love bringing my son to the farm with me sometimes. Seeing that he feels the same way and learns how to help and contribute to the community we live in is priceless. Thank you all the good people at AGAR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having retired a little over a year ago from my job as an elementary school counselor, I have been looking for the "right" kind of organization to volunteer with.  As a social worker, I found I was not finished with my need to "give" to individuals and the community after 45+ years of doing so as a professional. When I saw an article in the (very) local newspaper on America's Grow-a-Row and looked into the website, I knew I had found something special. The backstory of the organization was what impressed me.  A man who had a bit of extra produce from his vegetable plot, giving it to the local food bank and then slowly growing a very successful non-profit over the next 18 years was something I wanted to be involved with.  I started volunteering this summer, picking corn, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant. Most people do not realize what the work is like to get those tomatoes or corn they buy on their plates for dinner.  It has been a very humbling experience, working in the fields in rain and heat and mud, bending and squatting to pick the vegetables and carrying the full boxes to a central point in the field. I know now that it is good, hard, rewarding work that farmers do to provide produce for people. I also started bringing the produce to food banks, because I wanted to see the people face-to-face and hand them the bag of vegetables and fruit myself.  I feel very honored to be  part of a group that helps with getting food to those who have little or no access to fresh produce in NJ, NY and PA, especially now, when it is so needed.  I'm hooked! 

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most well organized organizations I've ever been involved with. They have a clear vision and the personnel and means to carry it out on a daily basis. A true joy to be a part of!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly a positive experience to not only offer a financial contribution but to see first hand how many lives this effort has a positive impact on.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended an event in September 2018 that gave our volunteer group the opportunity to harvest apples and different types of vegetables. The staff was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and provided insight into how our harvest would benefit the community and provide nourishment to local foodbanks and recipients. The Pittstown location is scenic and created an outdoor experience that many would appreciate. I would highly recommend this to any person or group looking for an opportunity to give back and make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mars Wrigley loves partnering with America's Grow-A-Row. Year after year our Associates return with smiling team engagement photos, a great feeling of achievement and, a yearn to go back the following year to pick crops for our surrounding community members. I highly recommend AG-A-R for your next volunteering event.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AGAR is always fun to work at. They provide all details well in advance and everything is well executed. You can work as individual volunteer as well as a team. They accommodate all sizes. I highly recommend AGAR.
Keep up the great work AGAR!

Cheri L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I've volunteered many times with Grow a Row over the past few years. I was introduced to them through our volunteer program at work and was so impressed with the great and much needed work that they do that I introduced them to my church and youth groups who have also now had the opportunity to support this great cause! It is so fulfilling to actually see the impact that a small group of people can have on so many others. Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those who have limited access resonates with all of us. Being able to support an organization that is doing something about it is very meaningful, and very rewarding! Knowing that what they are doing is helping people within our own communities and the communities around us also makes this a more personal experience. You know that what they do, and by extension what we do to support them, is really making an impact on the quality of people’s lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at America's Grow-a-Row with a corporate volunteer group. The volunteers who lead the events are very knowledgeable and supportive. We always have an educational and positive experience learning about the impact that Grow-a-Row has in the community, how they provide their produce to those in need, and how the community can support their efforts. I have volunteered to harvest corn, picked tomatoes, and have also planted sweet potato roots. Every time I volunteer, I walk away with a better understanding of food-insecurity and the importance of providing fresh produce.

kospina67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer because I believe we all have a responsibility to serve others. At present, I am especially concerned about the many, many families who lost their income due to the COVID19 situation. I can't fix that problem, but I can do my part to help people feed their families. It is a privilege to be able to do this, thank you for the opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow a Row does an amazing job of growing food for those less fortunate or who live in food deserts or are food insecure. They grow fresh produce on their farms in NJ and provide them to local food banks and free farmers markets.

My company has set up a few volunteer events there. Last year, 12 of us picked 17,000 lbs of cucumber and zucchini. This year 30 of us picked 25,000 lbs of corn. You know everything you pick will help people who may not have access to fresh food, will in fact get fresh food.

I was so taken by their mission that we helped secure a corporate donation for America's Grow a Row. An amazing organization doing amazing work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Americas Grow a Row for about ten years both individually and as the Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Pingry School. The students at Pingry are actively involved with AGAR. Each year, on our annual Community Service Day, AGAR provides the students and faculty with a wonderful day in the fields! In addition, Americas Grow a Row has led numerous educational workshops both on campus and at the farm which the students find enjoyable and very informative about hunger in New Jersey. Pingry is delighted to partner with Americas Grow a Row and our relationship has been informative about food insecurity in New Jersey. Shelley Hartz, Director of Community and Civic Engagement, Pingry School

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this local nonprofit since 2009. Chip Paillex is an honorable and trustworthy man. I know that when I volunteer here and/or support them with financial donations, it is used to the utmost efficiency. I have worked in the fields, at the farm camp (kidzdays) and for the past 6 years volunteered at the free farm market in Jersey City. I have heard testimony after testimony of lives changed by the produce and education provided to food insecure peoples across our state. I have brought may co workers out with me and arranged for volunteer days from our institution, many now come out on their own and volunteer. This is such an excellent nonprofit that many of the people who receive the produce want to give back and come to the various farms to pick produce for others. If you want to get involved with an excellent nonprofit think of America's Grow A Row.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great cause and great staff. AGAR was well organized and made our Company volunteer effort a success. Leadership was fantastic and "hands on" in the fields. The story and impact to the world is amazing!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with America's Grow-A-Row for five years now. I started as a junior in high school as mandatory volunteer hours for a class. I still go out every summer and fall to volunteer in the fields.
Grow-A-Row is definitely one of my passions. I love working hard to harvest produce that all gets donated to local communities. Americans do a lot of volunteer and humanitarian work internationally, but there is very little that helps out our own people. This is one of the reasons that I love Grow-A-Row. Food insecurity exists in America and is exists in New Jersey. Volunteering with this organization helps feed hungry children in New Jersey and the surrounding states, as well as educates them about healthier options.
Farm work is really hard, but even though I am small, I can still make a big impact. America's Grow-A-Row is truly a good organization, and all of its efforts go to serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a tough group to schedule, but every year, AGAR fits us into their calendar. This event for us to harvest vegetables not only is a great team-building session for us, but it serves our local community so much! We are located near areas that AGAR directly impacts with their fruits and vegetables, so it's fantastic to see the impact directly. The staff is always very organized and educates our group exactly where the harvest goes. Seton Hall Athletics and the student-athletes will continue to volunteer with AGAR for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow A Row has been amazing in helping my environmental science students obtain their service learning hours as part of my course requirement. The staff is so easy to work with, and the mission of the organization is one that is so important to our region.

ryanleigh1218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow-a-Row is an amazing nonprofit! I have volunteered my time with them on multiple occasions over the past 2 years and I have enjoyed every moment of it! The work they are doing is incredible. Volunteers get the chance to feed families in need by starting to grow crops, coming back in the harvest season to pick produce, and by visiting supermarkets and other farms to rescue food that may be left behind. It is a wonderful full circle inventive way to lend a helping hand.

I have had the opportunity to plant and to harvest at the farm in Pittstown and Milford, NJ. The farm is beautiful and the staff is kind, attentive, and informative. I have planned a number of volunteering events for my company and some events including little ones.

Chip and Team- Thank you for all that you do! Thank you for allowing us all the opportunity to give back in a meaningful and caring way! I will see you all out there in the fields.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last three years, I've led volunteer events on behalf of my company with groups ranging from 12-30 individuals. Each time, we've all come away thoroughly impressed by the operation as well as those who led us through the morning's work. But most impressive is the scope of the mission, its impact and the phenomenal progress achieved in just a few short years. Bravo to Chip and all the rest for all their hard work and selfless contribution to such a worthy mission!

Ash R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

“ There is nothing more fulfilling than taking in farm-fresh air, surrounded by nature’s bounty of apple trees with scarlet and green apples and your friends and you experience this sense of gratefulness that you can share a wee bit of your blessings on the needy. That was the moment that we were treated to by the apple gleaning hosted by Grow-a-Row and its enthusiastic coordinator, Jaqui Witte. Jaquii’s astute and seamless organization of volunteer teams and her spirited cheer-leading made the volunteers feel complete and inspired to contribute. She was a patient leader and a teacher and yes, we did indeed bring an apple to her at the end of our gleaning. Well done”!

Ash Rajan, Janney Montgomery Scott 973-718-1275

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I referred Americas Grow a Row to my firm becasue I voluteered a few years ago with a previous employer and thought this was an amazing organization that gives back to the community in so many ways. I know our firm will be back again next year to help bring in the harvest. Thank you Chip and to everyone that runs this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On September 17th, a group of 5 from our office volunteered for the first time apple gleaning for Americas Grow a Row. We were truly in awe hearing the story behind Americas Grow a Row. It really motivated us to do our very best to glean the apples for all of those less fortunate that do not have access to fresh produce. We spent 2 hours in the orchards sorting through and rescuing all the apples that were in good condtion and would be donated to nearby food pantries. By the end our session, my office in addition to 3 other groups had rescued 3600 lbs of apples which equates to 14,000 servings!! It was an amazing experience and we felt very accomplished with our efforts. We would definitely reccommend this organization to others and we are headed back on Oct 7th for a second round of gleaning to support Americas Grow a Row!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Grow-a-row make it easy and pleasant to schedule a volunteer event (for small and large groups) and they even manage to make it fun when you are there working! We love them! Hardworking and super friendly people. And for an awesome cause too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Americas Grow a Row for four years involving growing and harvesting fresh produce for people in need in multiple states. 100% of the produce is donated. The staff is very friendly, appreciative and encouraging. I appreciate the opportunity to give back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been my absolute favorite nonprofit to bring both coworkers and family along to volunteer! Even my daughter has been enjoying volunteer harvest time since she was 3!

I cannot say enough good things about this organization, every single one of their employees is a pleasure to work with and has my greatest respect for the work they do every day providing healthy food to those who would otherwise not have access to it.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Finnertys have been involved with Grow a Row for the past 5 years because we are so impressed with their dedication to feeding the hungry while minimizing their administrative costa. Grow a Row is the most responsible non profit organization that we have ever worked with and we will continue to support them always. They are vital to our New Jersey community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Grow-a-Row for several years and it is always a rewarding experience. Whether I am harvesting crops, cleaning up the fields, or participating at a free farm market, the work translates into healthy food for my community members in need. All of the produce that is grown on their 200+ acre farms is donated to soup kitchens or directly to members of the community who would otherwise not have access to healthy food, or even any food at all. I enjoy making a difference in my own community and AGAR gives me a opportunity to do just that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering with America's Grow-a-Row for the past several years. I have always found my experiences with Grow-a-Row to be rewarding. It's a great opportunity to give back to my community through planting, harvesting, gleaning, educational programs, and distributing food to those in need through the free farm markets, and I have been fortunate enough to participate in all of these aspects of the organization. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the cause. I always feel appreciated and welcome. They rely on their volunteers to meet their goals and communicate this effectively to the volunteers. They wrap up each harvest session by letting us know how much of an impact our short time in the fields has had on our community and all of the ways others will benefit from the work Grow-a-row does. I am looking forward to being involved with this organization for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for all your efforts and for helping the people in need. My son and I are very happy to be a part of this great cause. And we have fun harvesting crops with your enthusiastic and compassionate team and people volunteering. Americas Grow a Row is a wonderful non-profit organization! We wish you continued success in helping people and we will continue to support the mission.

- Chen's family

Kelly Anderson W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has volunteered with AGAR numerous times over the years. Each experience has been well organized and rewarding! Most recently, my teenage son volunteered as a counselor over the summer. He loved working with kids of all ages gleaning produce, making a healthy snack, and sending them home with fruits and veggies for their families to enjoy. It was such a positive experience that he didn't even complain about the HOT temperatures and he can't wait to do it again next summer. AGAR is a wonderful organization that impacts communities near and far in so many ways!

Cheryl F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel giving AGAR 5 stars is the least I can do to support the very important work they do in our inner city communities. I have been affiliated with them for 2 years. It's rare to experience so much heart in their commitment to get fresh produce to our communities that need it the most. The corporate staff work tirelessly with volunteers to make this happen, and they achieve this with a compassionate kind approach. I will continue to support their mission, because it is my personal mission aw well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for your effort and for helping so many families. Happy to be a part of this great cause. Keep it up!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Spent the day harvesting corn with fellow co-workers during our MVP day at Mars Chocolate. For many associates it was their first time to America's Grow a Row and they really appreciated the opportunity to volunteer at a non profit with a mission is to serve families within NJ facing food insecurity. Learning the history and background behind AGAR is a great way to start the day and it gives you a purpose behind working in the field. I love working directly with the crops, you can really appreciate the hard work our farmers do everyday to provide food for our families. A great team building opportunity for co-workers scout troops and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped a young boy harvest, husk and eat an ear of corn in the field He will never have to ask why they call it sweet corn after that experience. Grow-a-Row operates a 200+ acre produce farm where 100% of the harvest is shared with those in need at no cost. Chip Paillex and his dedicated team work with a vast array of volunteers who harvest and deliver food across the area to free farmers markets, food pantries or community kitchens. During the winter they shift their focus to classroom education and gleaning produce from grocery stores. In retirement I focus on not-for-profit organizations (mostly community gardens and urban farms) who help address childhood obesity in NJ food deserts. Grow-a-Row is one of the best models I’ve seen in NJ. Please support them in any way you can.

Stephanie Seshagiri N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The food drop-off in East Orange allowed us to experience the excitement of the people, especially the children, who were so excited to get the beautiful vegetables and fruit from the fields. In addition, we have previously enjoyed harvesting produce, and showing my children what working on a farm would be like.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My two friends and I took our girls and a friend (all age 10) to pick peppers on 9/11/18. Chip told the whole group (about 30 people) about AGAR, its purpose, and a few stories about the people who receive the produce and how much they appreciate and need the food. It was so great for the girls to do something so meaningful, and actually see that they made a difference in people's lives. The conversations with the girls on the drive home were priceless--about how surprised they were about how many people don't have access to the foods they do, and how good it feels to volunteer. Wonderful program! We'll be back! http://amadisonmom.net/blog/americas-grow-a-row

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to volunteer in a variety of capacities at America’s Grow-a-Row - planting, harvesting and delivering produce to a Free Farm Market. I am so impressed with their operation, the people that work there and how much they are able to achieve. For a relatively small, local/regional charity I believe they had over 9,000 volunteers last year. That says something that so many people are willing to donate their time to help. I hope they continue to succeed and grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow-a-Row is a wonderful organization. From what started as a fairly simple initiative, it has grown into a meaningful organization that is helping thousands of people in NJ that are food insecure or live in food deserts. I originally became aware of AGAR through my son's school when he did some volunteer work for them and then we got the whole family involved. It is one of the few charities where kids can get directly involved in helping out in addition to learning about the need for improving nutrition and access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow A Row is a non profit 'Star', successfully providing fresh produce to thousands in the tri-state region who rarely have access to fresh and healthy food options. Through successful fundraising efforts and strong corporate and community partnerships, AGAR is able to fulfill its mission at minimal cost. Throughout the planting, harvesting, educating about the benefits of good nutrition, and delivery to those in need , AGAR staff engages thousands of volunteers, who often come back to volunteer year after year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Grow-a-Row over the summer, in their Kids' Day program. I must say, it was an amazing experience. The staff and other volunteers were all so very wonderful, and the mission of the program is so inspiring. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I recommend that everyone at least donate to, if not volunteer for, this wonderful non-profit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Grow-A-Row! The idea of a charity farm is something revolutionary. The staff members are the most caring, down-to-earth people around. Grow-A-Row creates an opportunity for volunteers who are young and old, local and widespread to come together over a common goal... the need to provide fresh produce to those whom it is not accessible to! 1.2 million pounds of produce is astonishing! I am lucky enough to live local and volunteer during every community day from the early months of spring plantings season to the gleaning season of fall and will continue to support Grow-A-Row in every facet I can!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In our lifetime we don't always come across people who make significant impacts on our lives. However, at Americas Grow a Row, impacting lives is protocol. Chip Paillex, president and founder, has created an environment rarely encountered. As a volunteer, I have witnessed small miracles, moments of grace, and true acts of altruism.

"You have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you." Ruth Smeltzer

Live a perfect day with the team from Americas Grow a Row.

Jessica Silvestri

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Americas Grow a Row is an awesome place filled with awesome people. The work is always fun and you can be sure the food is going to people in need. Everyone always has a great time and many come back with friends/family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We look forward to our visit from America's Grow a Row every year. They have incredibly talented and passionate staff that bring fun and enlightening lessons into the classroom for our students.

This year I had an opportunity to attend their Farm to Fork Gala. Wow! What a night! Not only was the venue beautifully decorated, but the variety of wines and farm fresh appetizers were fantastic. We're looking forward to being able to support this amazing organization again next year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From volunteering as a child to being lucky enough to intern as a sophomore in college, America's Grow-a-Row (AGAR) has played an important role in my life as well as the life of thousands of others. As a volunteer and as an intern I was always told I would be doing work in the field, but it never felt like that. To me and to many that I have spoken to the "work" you do at AGAR is more like an opportunity. It is an opportunity to learn something new, it is an opportunity get outdoors, it is an opportunity to meet new people but most of all, it is an opportunity to help others. It is this opportunity to help others that makes America's Grow-a-Row stand out from the rest. During my internship experience I saw multiple corporate groups work until the very last second to finish the last sweet potato row or harvest a final row of zucchini just to get a few hundred more pounds of produce to our friends in other communities.

Behind all of this is a team that is truly dedicated to America's Grow-a-Row mission to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. From educating children in the classroom about the benefits of healthy eating to setting up emergency gleaning efforts, AGAR's staff truly does care about helping as many people in as many communities as possible.

I love this organization and encourage as many people as possible to get involved and join in the mission and success of America's Grow-a-Row!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having volunteered with AGAR for a season, how vested they are stands out. The staff believes in their cause. They are also forward-thinking and flexible, unafraid to look at what did or did not work the season before. This I feel lends to their success.

America’s Grow-a-Row practices a full circle approach to the hunger crisis. They provide healthy recipes and teach food preparation. AGAR also educates all ages about agriculture and nutrition. They grow produce and rescue it. Truly a hand-UP, not a hand-out.

As if that weren’t enough, AGAR does not receive any State or Government funding! If you haven’t volunteered, you’re missing out on a whole lot of outdoor fun! Get out of your cubicle and into the farm. Go ‘Grow Something Good’!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of America’s-Grow-A-Row (AGAR) through a nutrition class at Montclair State University. I made it out to the farm at my earliest opportunity with my three young children, who jumped right in to help pick 9,000 lbs. of corn one sweltering August afternoon two summers ago. This summer my teenage son and I volunteered during a week-long Kids Day Camp, which hosted young children (from food desserts) to the life on a real working farm through tours of zucchini and corn fields, and harvesting nectarines, donut peaches, and bags of green beans. They made delicious peach, zucchini, and cucumber salads that they ate up before visiting a “trick-or-treat” style farmer’s market to fill their bags to the brim with freshly harvests consisting of corn, zucchinis, peppers, and cucumbers.

What a great sight it was to witness young children pick and take their first bite of tree ripened peach, transformed by the taste and the whole experience. Equally satisfying was witnessing my teenage son completely engaged as a counselor then shifting to help harvest in the field. Sweaty, dirty and tired, yet he found his day at the farm satisfyingly fulfilling.

AGAR is a beacon of hope in countless lives. We are so fortunate to have you in our community. And, thank you, AGAR, for the opportunity to be a part of your amazing mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to start...

My family and I have been involved with AGAR for the past few years, and will continue for years to come. Chip and the crew are not only inspirational people, but are determined to change the lives of so many communities in need of fresh, healthy produce.

If you're of the volunteering spirit, I dare you to find a better way to donate your "extra" time. Once you help at one of the free farmers markets, and see the recipients faces/ gratitude for what AGAR does for their families/ communities, you'll be hooked.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow A Row has inspired me and my family in so many ways! As volunteers and donors we have experienced the gratification of working in the field, delivering produce to NJ residents, performing special projects and participating in celebratory events which highlight the incredible impact AGAR has had on our immediate community and beyond. The team is so passionate about their mission and it shows in the details. From hosting inner city children on the farm to teaching folks them how to prepare the food they've harvested - AGAR is truly changing the way people view and engage with food. It's incredibly powerful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grow a Row is an amazing organization, not only do they do great things for the community but they also make it super easy for volunteers to get involved in their wonderful work. Every volunteer experience with them is a good one. The staff is very friendly, responsive and well organized. When you show up for a volunteer event you are guaranteed an activity that is well worth your time. Everyone at Grow a Row is so passionate about what they do and it shows! A truly great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about America’s Grow-a-Row!! Every single staff member loves what they do, and are innovative and full of energy! They put intense care and attention towards making sure that volunteers and recipients know how much they care and appreciate them! Having been an intern at America’s Grow-a-Row for several months now, I have been able to work in many different aspects of the organization! It has been truly amazing to help with after-school cooking sessions in Jersey City, and then get to see some of those same children at the Kids Farm Days and Free Farm Markets! It has been an honor to be able to volunteer my time with such an exceptional organization, and I can’t wait to see how much more America’s Grow-a-Row expands over the next few years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with America's Grow a Row for more than 5 years. Planting and harvesting at the farms, delivering to the free farm markets and helping with year round gleaning. The atmosphere that Chip and his team create makes you want to keep coming back to volunteer again and again. It's an amazing thing to join a group of people for a few hours and pick thousands of pounds of fresh produce knowing it's headed to the tables of grateful recipients. The idea that people deserve access to healthy food seems so simple but yet so many are not given that opportunity. AGAR is up for the challenge. They've already made great strides and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them. I'm very proud to be part of this incredible organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow-A-Row is a wonderful organization! We love volunteering with them and they truly provide a rewarding volunteer experience. Their staff is always organized, friendly and grateful for our efforts and it is amazing to play even a small part in their incredible mission. The impact they are making in the community on so many different levels is truly inspiring!

Josh35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America's Grow a Row is inspirational. I have only recently become involved with the organization, yet I have become immersed in a culture that fosters a greater good for the greater community. The nonprofit nobly helps people have access to farm fresh produce who would not otherwise. I have worked with community harvests, the Kids Farm Days, gleaning from ShopRIte, and will work with the Free Farm Markets and start a program at my school to support the nonprofit. The interactive environment enables people -- particularly ones from food deserts or areas of food insecurity such as Newark -- to learn about where their produce comes from and how to make healthier choices in their eating habits. The people in the organization have such spirit in their philanthropic mission. I have been treated like a valuable resource in the organization and have therefore promoted AGAR to my friends and family. I cannot wait to volunteer more with AGAR, as the organization's remarkable growth is a sign of its positive reception in both the agricultural and greater community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where does one begin when attempting to do justice for an organization as stellar as America's Grow a Row? Our family has been dedicated to working with AGAR practically from the beginning. We have watched Chip and his team create an organization that does so much good for so many. AGAR isn't only feeding people physically, but emotionally, spiritually, academically, and relationally as well. Every time we step foot on the farm or at an event or at an offsite farm market, we feel the spirit of what AGAR is about: the unconditional desire to help others. It has been and continues to be an honor to volunteer for and support AGAR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chip Pailex and his team are truly exceptional and caring human beings! I have volunteered with Grow a Row since 2010 and have been so impressed with their mission to bring healthy fruits and vegetables to inner cities in New Jersey. I find Grow a Row to be a very organized and efficient organization, and yet run by incredibly humble staff. It has been amazing to watch the organization just blossom and evolve over the years, as well as its expanding ability to serve and educate those in need. As a mom, I love that our entire family can volunteer at the farm together, whether it's planting seeds or gleaning produce. We always leave the farm feeling very grateful and a part of something worthwhile!

Board Member

Rating: 5

America's Grow a Row is a dedicated organization that grows more than vegetables for those in need, I have seen it grow people. This organization gives to those in need and gives back to those that give. It is an organization where families serve together, where I am fortunate to be able to have my children experience the benefits of giving along with the education for themselves on the benefits of being closely connected to our food source and educating them on healthy choices. So much is gained from having these children with diverse backgrounds share in the experience of picking food for others together. In an era where obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are rampant, AGAR is a beacon for us all to be challenged to eat better and show the next generation how. AGAR is dedicated to the communities it serves in delivering vegetables to food deserts for improving the lives of those in need, to the education it provides to everyone who touches the organization. Thanks to the leadership and vision of Founder and President, Chip Paillex, AGAR will be providing healthy, fresh produce to our neighbors in need for a very long time!

Julie266

Board Member

Rating: 5

Extremely well run, true to mission, wonderful presence within the community. Been involved for approximately 10 years. Great to see their growth and success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been volunteers for America's Grow-A-Row since 2005. There are so many wonderful things about this organization—it is one of the few where families can volunteer together. I think back to the first night we picked corn in the sweltering heat, with dirt all over us, so amazed that our group had picked over 7000 pounds of corn in two hours and it would make it to those in need the very next day! It was a wonderful, yet humbling experience. I know my daughters looked at the world a little differently after that experience…We have been blessed to see AGAR grow over the years and touch so many lives…My wife wanted to get more involved so she has been the Gleaning Coordinator for a local grocery store since 2008. It was such a simple yet powerful idea—think of all the "not quite for retail" produce that gets thrown out each day in grocery stores. We have volunteers who pick up fresh produce on a daily basis that might not look good in a fruit bowl, but would make an excellent apple pie or tomato sauce. When she first started, the employees of the store told her how happy they were that the fruits and vegetables were not going to waste. To be able to provide fresh produce to those who cannot afford it or don't have easy access to it, is a wonderful feeling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have picked up literally carloads of fresh produce to deliver to urban farm markets and/or to the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown. The kindness and concern of the people supplying the food to be loaded into my car is matched only by the incredible volume of what is being given and the freshness of the produce. To arrive at an urban farm market and deliver huge burlap bags of corn so fresh it smells like "GREEN! SUMMER!", crates of squash, plums, tomatoes ...it fills you with a feeling of all that is right in the world. No preservatives. No cans. No chemical ingredients. Just farm fresh food, brought to you by the people of Americas Grow A Row. With love and respect and good wishes. God! I love these people!

Danny18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the outstandingprivilege of working with almost every person from this organization. These are dedicated and genuine people. They have inspired me and the teams that I have brought from The Cheesecake Factory. Each of us has left the farm spreading the good word and the positivity around America's Grow A Row. Nothing beats giving back and this group of ladies and gentlemen facilitate an amazing chance for each individual and each group to reap the amazing benefit of charity work. We will always return to support this great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AGAR a few times, harvesting crops at their farms. Helping them to get fresh produce to those whose needs weren't being met in an important part of healthy nutrition. I’m passionate about good nutrition for better health and it’s wonderful to see an organization address this unmet need successfully. AGAR is a well-run non-profit; the staff is energetic, informative and fun to partner with. Each experience is more rewarding and I walk away feeling I've made a very real impact helping others.

Robin135

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the boards of several non profit organizations over my years in business. I can honestly say that Americas Grow A Row is the best run non profit I and my husband have ever encountered. The organization is run with discipline and efficiency as well as with heart. The workings of this organization are totally transparent and decisions are made with integrity. Fund raising and grant seeking are accomplished "the Grow A Row way" which is always fact based and respectful of the many supporters and volunteers. This organization not only grows, harvests, gleans and gives away fresh produce to those in need, but also educates children and families about the benefits of eating healthy food. And much of this work is done with thousands of volunteers. This is a great nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with America's Grow a Row on multiple occasions -- planting and harvesting at their farms, helping to distribute produce at their free farm markets, and participating in numerous social fundraising events. Each and every experience with AGAR has been overwhelmingly positive and rewarding. AGAR's mission and focus is consistently clear and every time I have volunteered with them, I have always felt I was helping them serve their purpose.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am co-chair of the grants committee of a woman's philanthropic organization called Impact New Jersey 100. We awarded American Grow A Row and the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown a $100,000 grant to collaborate in feeding those in need. We could not be more proud of our selection. They do a superb job of gathering the community to plant and harvest the vegetables and to creatively distribute to those in the the community. Thank you for this opportunity to applaud their efforts