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goblueM

buying plants with EBT (foodstamps)

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Hi all, my roomie and I are AmeriCorps workers so we have little income. We're looking to greatly expand our garden this year (just tilled a 15 by 25 foot addition to the garden). Plants for such a big garden are going to be fairly expensive for us. However, you can buy food plants for your garden with food stamps (EBT). Anybody know a good place to do this in St. Paul? We'd appreciate any info. Thanks!

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I believe I read somewhere, no idea where??? But I think you can buy seeds (not sure on the plants though) with EBT. From what I remember reading, just so it will produce food, you're OK.

I would call whoever issues the cards, stamps, etc. and verify though.

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Well I know that you can, my question is WHERE I can do it, they don't have a list for you or anything.

I was wondering if anybody on here knew a good place that sells food who also has a good selection of plants. Because most (if not all) gardening places do not accept EBT because they don't really sell any food, so it isn't worth it for them to accept them.

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How about Walmart-Sams club? They sell plants and food?

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I think that may be the best option, but I really dislike Walmart. Oh well, guess the free plants will override my distaste

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I have some seeds left over from stuff I have already planted and started this year. I would just give them to you if your interested.

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I do not think these plants are free. We all pay for them with our tax money.

I don't see the harm if he want's to get some vegetable plants and get more vegies for the EBT than if he just went to the store. IMO, this is the type of folks I don't mind see getting the help. At least he's trying to do some work to supply a little more food.

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trackerBENT Mom says if I cant say something nice.....Nothings free but food plants are probably the best place for our money to go TAKE IT EASY MAN!!!

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More power to ya kid. I'd rather see you buy seeds than porterhouses. As the old saying goes,

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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I bet some of the cub foods or county market stores that have garden areas will take them????

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Thanks for taking the time to actually plant a few seeds with the support you are getting from this program. Thank you!!

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well thanks guys, we got a bunch of plants. I feel pretty justified using EBT since i'm in Americorps and its a national service program. Chill the heck out with the tax money, dude. No need to be an internet tough guy

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I dont think he understands what the AmeriCorps is or does, but is down on the welfare system. Thank you for your work.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmeriCorps

Never heard of it? You're killin me, smalls wink

I get paid squat but at the end of my term of service I get about 4 grand after taxes to pay off my student loan, which is nice. But still, livin on 6.75 an hour is tough

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Whoa! Let me clarify. All I said is EBT is paid for by all taxpayers. That is it. I was not attacking goblueM. Americorp seems to do good things from what I saw on their site, and yes I did look at it before what I posted prior. But I will not let the fact go that the plants are not free. This is a general statement not directed toward anybody. Yes this is probably the best way the EBT money can be spent, I will not argue that. WalMart or whoever gets taxpayers $ though. (I also despise WalMart) Yes, to who posted that I am frustrated with the welfare system in this state, but this has nothing to do with it.

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I read up on Americorp a little. Looks like a good program. Still don't see anything wrong with you getting the plants. Wish more on welfare did what you do with your EBT. Get more bang for what you get.

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Imagine the RIO if all recipients converted that small percentage to seeds. I think it's a great idea and a good sensible use of the program. Far better than buying a nickle food item to get change for cigarettes. Actually, far better and more efficient than buying the finished product itself.

Bob

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