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: Jermey Erickson and Sherry Daniels, as well as numerous volunteers!
Currently, there are 10 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 email@example.com or UW-Extension Family Living Educator Sherry Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.” -Frances Moore Lappe