Grow your own meal

One mom's backyard solution to hunger

Published On: May 28 2012 08:35:16 PM EDT

Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Many Americans don't.

The latest statistics show in 2010 more than 17 million households were food insecure. Meet a mom who turned her food fears around and is now helping people throughout the U.S do the same.

Pouring seeds, and piling dirt -- that's how Holly Hirschberg and her helper Bill spend their days. Hirschberg started planting fruits and veggies when her husband lost his job during the recession.

"I didn't want to worry about feeding my family as well," Hirschberg said.

Then an idea was planted in her head. She created dinnergarden.org and started sending out seeds for free!

"We'll help you get set up with no expense to you and that way you're not losing anything if it's not for you or it doesn't work out," Hirschberg said.

The non-profit has mailed out more than 75,000 seed packs, and dinner gardens have sprouted up across the U.S. Holly even helped her helper bill get his garden going. The disabled veteran couldn't afford fresh produce.

"Some of the prices they're asking right now are outrageous," Bill said.

Today he's eating what he grows.

"I have a lot more energy now," he said.

Hirschberg says it doesn't take much energy or space to get a garden started. Try a square foot garden.

"(That) amount of space can grow enough produce to feed on person for a year," Hirschberg said.

And there's no need to weed!

"So this is the type of gardening that's really all fun," Hirschberg added.

You can also use pots like Bill does.

"Anything that can grow in the ground can grow in containers. Your plant doesn't know the difference," Hirschberg said.

The people Hirschberg has helped, realize the difference she's making as she continues to fight hunger one seed at a time.

"The seeds do all the work," Hirschberg concluded.

Right now Hirschberg has a waiting list of 50,000 people who've requested seeds. She says no matter what your financial situation, she'll send them to you. People Hirschberg has helped are now helping her by sending in seeds they've harvested from their dinner gardens. Others are donating extra produce from their gardens to their local food banks.

To find out how to get free seeds or to donate to Hirschberg's hunger fighting effort go to dinnergarden.org.