When your home garden or fruit trees bear a glut of tomatoes, oranges and 
avocados, it seems almost impossible to even give the stuff away. But with 
the help of Hillside Produce Cooperative
http://hillsideproducecooperative.org , now you can share your bounty 
with neighbors. It's like a monthly swap meet for fruits and 
vegetables--and it's free.

Once a month, members from all over L.A. descend on founder Hynden Walch's 
Glassell Park home to donate homegrown goods, whether it's 60 pounds of 
grapefruit or a bundle of fresh herbs. A few hours later, they get a bag 
filled with beans, peppers, kale, persimmons and plums--whatever's in 
season--delivered right to their doorstep.

Membership costs nothing but time and goods, and no matter how big or small 
the donation, everyone gets the same amount in return. If you don't have 
fresh produce one month, donate homemade jams or teas, or even volunteer. 
It all evens out.

Anyone can join the group (sign up http://hillsideproducecooperative.org 
for the mailing list on Hillside's website), and if Glassell Park is too 
far, new chapters are in the works for Ventura and Pasadena. Of course, you 
could always start one for your own neighborhood.
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When your home garden or fruit trees bear a glut of tomatoes, oranges and avocados, it seems almost impossible to even give the stuff away. But with the help of Hillside Produce Cooperative, now you can share your bounty with neighbors. It's like a monthly swap meet for fruits and vegetables--and it's free.

Once a month, members from all over L.A. descend on founder Hynden Walch's Glassell Park home to donate homegrown goods, whether it's 60 pounds of grapefruit or a bundle of fresh herbs. A few hours later, they get a bag filled with beans, peppers, kale, persimmons and plums--whatever's in season--delivered right to their doorstep.

Membership costs nothing but time and goods, and no matter how big or small the donation, everyone gets the same amount in return. If you don't have fresh produce one month, donate homemade jams or teas, or even volunteer. It all evens out.

Anyone can join the group (sign up for the mailing list on Hillside's website), and if Glassell Park is too far, new chapters are in the works for Ventura and Pasadena. Of course, you could always start one for your own neighborhood.
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