Holly Hirshberg

Planting gardens — Fighting hunger one vegetable at a time


Holly Hirshberg

Executive Director and Founder, The Dinner Garden

Sometimes solutions to problems that seem impossibly large begin with something as small as a seed. Holly Hirshberg and Pamela Price use social media and grassroots campaigns to address hunger through the propagation and sustainment of small but productive vegetable gardens. In their TEDx talk, Hirshberg and Price will explore the resurgence of the Victory Garden movement and the methods (low-tech and cutting-edge) they use to advocate change in their community and beyond.

Hirshberg started The Dinner Garden nonprofit organization in 2008 as a means of offering free seeds and guidance to families willing to try growing vegetables at home to stretch food budgets and to eat fresh produce. “The Dinner Garden is about giving people hope,” she says. “The Dinner Garden is creating communities where families spend time together in a productive way and children learn that they can create something beautiful and useful to their family.” Through partnerships with food banks and other hunger-relief organizations across the U.S., Hirshberg is encouraging and teaching thousands of families to play a direct role in their food security.

Fun Fact:

Holly’s dog Rainbow Diamond is famous. She is on the Bissell SpotBot Pro carpet cleaner box and will be in the winter issue of American Dog Magazine.