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project idea: Herb Bundles

Ever walked through a garden and grabbed a branch of rosemary?  Or lavender?  Bringing hand to nose you are instantly captivated by the aroma.  For that second, at is good.  

Unfortunately, life isn't that great for many folks right now.  Many jobs have disappeared and the need for food assistance is higher than ever.  Thanks to organizations like 2nd Harvest Food Bank and the Samaritan House of San Mateo, neighbors in need can visit drive thru food distribution sites to get a supply of food that will help get their families through another week.

Here's a quick way to make a difference.  Give the gift of fresh picked herbs... a moment of respite in every grocery bag.  That's the goal of this project idea.  

Herbs can be grown year round in our climate and do well grown in containers.  Buying established plants at local nurseries can simplify getting started.

To reduce the use of plastic, wrap and tie the cut ends of herbs in a strip of paper towel using a length of kitchen twine.  Store the bundles in a bowl of water in the refrigerator.  To donate your herb bundles to the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy, contact Bill S. (

The bundles shown below include:

  • thyme
  • oregano
  • mint
  • rosemary
Assemble herb sprigs on a plate and wrap in a strip of paper towel & twine.

A finished herb bundle ready to be shared.

Store herb bundles in a bowl of water and refrigerate.


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