Mission: The Giving Gardens program aims to promote and support efforts to maintain gardens in Portage County. The produce harvested from these gardens is donated to local food distribution centers in order to increase food
security and provide healthy meal options for economically disadvantaged citizens.

Gardens are led by: Jeremy Erickson and Jill Hicks as well as numerous volunteers!

Currently, there are 16 giving gardens in Portage County. Click here for a map of garden locations.

The program is supported by the Portage County Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership and Empty Bowls, HPPP’s annual fundraiser, generous donations from Lynn’s Greenhouse, Anthony Simkowski, Chet Biadasz, and Jungs Garden Center and,
of course, a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Giving Gardens program relies on your donations of time and resources to make fresh, local food available to the people who need it most.

Are you interested in getting involved? Here are some ways you can help:

Donate garden supplies (e.g., seeds, plants, compost, tools, gloves, etc)
Volunteer at a garden
Wash and distribute produce to a donation site
Contribute land/space for a garden

Your donations of tools or time will go a long way!

If you’re interested in volunteering with Giving Gardens or would like more information about the project please contact the Giving Gardens Manager, Jeremy Erickson, at givinggardenswi@gmail.com.

And find us on Facebook!

 

Food Donations can be taken toYou may make donations of food and produce at one of the following food distribution centers in Portage County:

Family Crisis Center 1616 W River Dr
Lincoln Center 1519 Water St.
Operation Bootstrap 5000 Heffron
Salvation Army 1600 Briggs
Interfaith Food Pantry 2820 Post Rd, Plover  715-347-2689
St. Vincent Thrift Store 21224 Rice St Stevens Point

The outrage of hunger amidst plenty will never be solved by experts somewhere.
It will only be solved when people like you and me decide to act.

Future Activites

Looking for help with garden signage, branding, and increasing relationships with those who also supply food to those who need it. We would also like to expand the gardens, provide raised beds at some locations, promote rainwater collection, and use compost. If you would like to help us in 2014-2015 please let us know!

 

3 weeks ago
Empty Bowls 2017

Empty Bowls coming up this Saturday!!!

Empty Bowls is once-a year community event at SPASH to raise money for hunger and poverty prevention efforts throughout Portage County. For just $11 you can select a bowl created by local potters, ... See more

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2 months ago
UW Extension

Some awesome raffle items available at the Giving Gardens Tour THIS SATURDAY. Drawing is at 1pm @ The Farmshed Greenhouse. Many thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who have ... See more

Many raffle items to be won! Here are just a few. Drawing at 1pm at Farmshed. Do not need to be present to win. Remember you get a free raffle ticket at every garden you visit on the tour. See you ... See more

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2 months ago
Garden Tour Fundraiser

The first ever Giving Gardens Tour is this SATURDAY!!! Garden demos, kids activities, and raffle prizes available. Make sure to get to The Frame Church Site @ 9:30am for the Puppet Show. Tickets for ... See more

This Garden Tour Event features 6 Giving Garden Locations with Adult Gardening Demonstrations and Kids Activities at each location! End the tour at FarmShed and be entered in a raffle drawing. ... See more

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2 months ago

One of the many awesome Raffle Baskets donated by our great local businesses they will be available during our Giving Gardens Tour this Saturday. BIG THANKS to PABS Point Area Bicycle Service for ... See more

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2 months ago
Photos from Giving Gardens of Portage County's post

Stop on down to the Stevens Point Farmers Market this morning, we will be at the Farmshed Booth promoting our upcoming Garden Tour. We are looking forward to seeing you all on September 9th! Here is ... See more

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