The Giving Garden

CALLING ALL GARDENERS

If you are planting a row of vegetables or fruits to share with the community or you find that your garden is overproducing and you would like another place to take your extra produce, consider a simple, direct gardening project called the “Giving Garden”.  The goal of the “Giving Garden” is simple:  to donate fresh fruits and vegetables to people in your own community who are unable to grow or buy their own.  The benefits are many: a variety of fresh, nutritious produce for those unable to garden and the satisfaction of giving produce away instead of just composting it.  The “Giving Garden” is rooted in the heartfelt tradition of gardeners sharing a bountiful harvest with others.

Gardeners who wish to become “Giving Gardeners” by donating produce need only to take it to the senior meal site or food pantry in their community.

Meals are served in Bagley (at Community Building), in Blue River (at Community Building), in Boscobel (at Tuffley Senior Center), in Cassville (at Municipal Building), in Cuba City (at V.F.W. Hall), in Dickeyville (at Senior Center), in Fennimore (at Sunset Fields Apartments), in Lancaster (at Sunrise Valley, Building F), in Montfort (at Community Building), in Muscoda (at Kratchovill Building), in Platteville (at Senior Center), and in Potosi (at Public School).  Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center 723-6113 prior to dropping off your extra produce.  Detailed schedules can be found on the Center on Aging web page at www.co.grant.wi.gov.

Local food pantries who will take your extra produce:  BMZ Church Food Pantry in Boscobel the week of the pantry distribution (3rd Saturday of month) call church office for drop off 375-4565, Fennimore Food Pantry accepts fresh produce on days of food distribution (1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month), Southwestern Food Pantry in Hazel Green please call ahead 854-2536, Lancaster Food Pantry please call ahead 988-6216, Riverdale Area Food Pantry in Muscoda accepts fresh produce on the day of food distribution 3rd Monday of the month deliver produce from 11 am to 1 pm call 739-3744 or 739-4280, and Platteville Food Pantry request that you call ahead 778-8572 they would be happy to accept produce to be given to their clients.

Family Advocates in Platteville also accepts fresh produce any day of the week please call ahead 348-5995.

If you have fresh produce and you want help getting it to a local food pantry, contact Brian Larson (608) 807-7859 brianl@shfbmadison.org  with Second Harvest.

Enjoy the summer gardening season and remember–you can make a difference by becoming a “Giving Gardener”.  This information was compiled by UW-Extension Nutrition Education Program in Grant and Iowa County, (608) 723-2125 on behalf of the Grant County Hunger Council.

Dated June 17, 2016