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. 

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!

 

2 days ago
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Celebrate Earth Day at the ADRC of Portage County Lincoln Center on Monday! Giving Gardens will provide some yummy microgreens for participants to snack on during the festivities. The Lincoln Center ... See more

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About 3 pounds of microgreens went to the Salvation Army’s Hope Center the other night and now the next batch of micros for the Farm to School program is popping out! 🌱🌱🌱

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About 3 pounds of microgreens went to the Salvation Army’s Hope Center the other night and now the next batch of micros for the Farm to School program is popping out! 🌱🌱🌱

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Internship Application 2019

If you were listening to The Tuning Fork on 90fm last night, then you heard Jeremy and Taylor talking about all things Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County, including Giving ... See more

Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County & Portage County UW-Extension Giving Gardens Internship Application Due April 15th, 2019 Contact Information Name Local Address City, ... See more

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The Giving Gardens are back at it with microgreens! Here are Kelly, of Ben Franklin Junior High, and Taylor, the new Giving Gardens Coordinator, learning how to seed micros. Look at those babies grow!

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