This amazing group of people came together just a few years ago to grow annual vegetable starts and bring life back to the Greenhouse in downtown Stevens Point. It was just after Farmshed acquired the Greenhouse when a small group of community members kick started the Growing Collective as an all volunteer, self-sufficient project that would help them grow their own food and benefit Farmshed.
A project that began with about 200 starts in its first year has grown to more than 5,000 plants in 2016. Each member of the Growing Collective keeps a certain number of plants in exchange for their volunteer hours and the rest are sold to benefit Farmshed (after the group’s minimal expenses are covered).
The collective grows vegetable starts from seed, including heirloom, organic and unusual selections of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and many more. The group is made up of both first-time and experienced home gardeners, along with several community groups including Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES), Giving Gardens, Stevens Point Area Elementary School gardens, and Tomorrow River School District.
It is amazing to see what creativity, collaboration, and focused effort creates. Really though, when it’s all said and done, the Growing Collective is about friends getting together to garden. Everyone I spoke with, without exception, said they were really in it for the fun.
To learn more about the Growing Collective and Farmshed, click here.
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