Who are we?
Giving Gardens, founded in 2017, is a nonprofit based in White Bear Lake, MN that seeks to raise community awareness of local food insecurity and to build local sustainability through neighbors growing produce to be donated to neighbors in need of access to healthy food options. Giving Gardens benefits the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf, Mahtomedi Food Shelf, Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf, the White Bear Senior Program, and other local service organizations.
Giving Gardens Mission is to increase access to fresh, local produce, and to inspire community action through:
Help us on our journey to becoming a fully operational four-season growing non-profit model that provides our neighbors with increased continuous access to fresh produce.
How does it work?
We provide, deliver, and assemble all of the material (garden bed structure, high-quality topsoil, and compost mix, and the seeds or seedlings) at the homes or locations of the parties wishing to adopt a Giving Garden from us! In addition, we provide all materials needed to start gardening FOR FREE! The only requirement for our adopting volunteers is that they donate 51% or more of the produce to one of our local food shelves, senior program, or other community support organizations that have a direct impact on serving those who may be experiencing food insecurity. (Pictured below is an example of a newly installed Giving Garden).
Our Success Story
Starting in the spring of 2017, Giving Gardens initiated operations with 50 raised bed gardens that were adopted by neighbors in the greater White Bear Lake Area, contributing to over 1000 lbs. of produce having been donated. By the end of 2020, Giving Gardens has been able to build over 250 garden beds with 158 different volunteers. These garden beds have been able to produce over 7500 POUNDS of fresh produce for the local food shelves in the White Bear Lake community.
What are our Goals?
How to get involved:
Your donations go directly towards the purchase of garden beds, dirt, and seeds. Any amount helps us achieve our goals and continue making an impact in our community. Please support our mission by giving what you can to help us fund our operations. It costs Giving Gardens roughly $150 to fully supply and deliver a garden bed to a participating volunteer. Every single dollar counts and helps us change our community from within. We have no paid staff and operate solely on the kindness of those volunteering their time and funding our efforts through donations.
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