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: Taylor Christainsen 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, Taylor Christiansen, 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!


1 year ago
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County

Busy morning over at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County! Lots of perennials in their newly cleared planting bed and their raised beds are full of veggies.

Taylor, Giving Gardens Coordinator with the Hunger Poverty Prevention Partnership, planted the garden bed at Lincoln Center with the help of volunteer Linda. To learn more and get involved call 715 ... See more

1 year ago
Team Early AF

We are so honored to be a recipient of a generous portion of the proceeds for this AWESOME event series. Check out the details below to participate!

Thank you Team Early AF!!!

Excited to officially announce SeasonalAF, the first of a six month workshop series focusing on meal prepping, home cooking, and eating locally. In collaboration with some amazing local farmers and ... See more

1 year ago
Timeline Photos

What a great morning to sort seeds! Giving Gardens receives generous donations from local businesses, nonprofits, community members and farmers. Some of these seeds will start their lives Central ... See more

1 year ago
Photos from Giving Gardens of Portage County's post

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