Brown County Community Gardens Program

Brown County Community Gardens Program The Community Garden Program provides garden plot rental and horticulture education for community members of all backgrounds working together to improve food security, alleviate poverty, strengthen relationships, and encourage volunteerism.
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Locations (in order of expected most available plots): (West) 3500 W. Mason Street. (NorthEast) 3435 Church Road (Near West) 1028 N. Maple Ave (North West) 600 Cardinal Lane, Howard (East) 1150 Bellevue St. (West) 621 5th Street (West) 508 8th Street Benefits of community gardens: - Reduces food cost - Fewer miles traveled from garden to plate (more nutrients) - Access to healthy and flavorful food - Great opportunity for social interaction with diverse individuals - Great opportunity to connect with inter-generational and cross-cultural folks - Beautifies the neighborhood

URGENT! Volunteers needed TODAY or early tomorrow morning! We are in need of volunteers to move soil by wheelbarrow into...
05/26/2020

URGENT! Volunteers needed TODAY or early tomorrow morning! We are in need of volunteers to move soil by wheelbarrow into our veterans' community garden and spread it out with rakes at 920 Emmet St. Please contact [email protected] if able to help. Time is flexible and we have wheelbarrows onsite.

Thanks so much for your help!

Thank you so much Green Bay Botanical Garden for this seed donation for our gardeners!
05/23/2020

Thank you so much Green Bay Botanical Garden for this seed donation for our gardeners!

Big thank you Green Bay West High School and Green Bay East High School for a generous donation of plants for our garden...
05/21/2020

Big thank you Green Bay West High School and Green Bay East High School for a generous donation of plants for our gardeners!

Did you see that we're handing out FREE seed potatoes again through #plantingforapurpose with Green Bay Packers for anyo...
05/21/2020

Did you see that we're handing out FREE seed potatoes again through #plantingforapurpose with Green Bay Packers for anyone willing to donate at least half their harvest to a food pantry?! This year, Wisconsin Certified Seed Potatoes donated four great varieties: Carola, Peter Wilcox, Red Endeavor, and Red Gold. Numbers are limited and signup ends at the end of this week, so be sure to sign up now at tinyurl.com/potatodonation2020

We're excited to again partner with Green Bay Packers on the #PlantingforaPurpose Program to encourage gardeners to dona...
05/20/2020

We're excited to again partner with Green Bay Packers on the #PlantingforaPurpose Program to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to local food pantries!

Read the press release and find out how to get involved to make sure everyone has the fruits and vegetables they need here: https://www.packers.com/news/packers-brown-county-partner-for-planting-for-a-purpose-program

Free rain gauges and seed potatoes are available for participants, while supplies last.

Extension Brown County's horticulture help desk is a great, FREE resource for all your gardening questions!
05/19/2020

Extension Brown County's horticulture help desk is a great, FREE resource for all your gardening questions!

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The Lions Community Garden is open and ready for planting! Huge thanks to local farmer Frank Hutjens for tilling, City o...
05/14/2020

The Lions Community Garden is open and ready for planting! Huge thanks to local farmer Frank Hutjens for tilling, City of Green Bay Public Works for compost, City of De Pere for the space and onsite support, and De Pere Wi Lions Club for their support starting the garden.

Interested? There are still a few spots left! Sign up today and get gardening right away! Click "Request a Plot" at browncountycommunitygardens.org.

What a beautiful start to the morning: The Four Seasons Community Garden is tilled and ready to be staked! Huge thanks t...
05/12/2020

What a beautiful start to the morning: The Four Seasons Community Garden is tilled and ready to be staked! Huge thanks to Kwaterski Construction, Inc. for generously volunteering time and expertise to prepare the soil, as well as City of Green Bay Public Works for providing compost and Village of Hobart - Government Page for the beautiful space. We can't wait to get started!

The Lion's Park Community Garden in DePere is almost ready! Looking fantastic!!!
05/10/2020

The Lion's Park Community Garden in DePere is almost ready! Looking fantastic!!!

And we're off! Thanks to our wonderful board, City of Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, and many others...
05/05/2020

And we're off! Thanks to our wonderful board, City of Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, and many others (including cooperative weather...), many of our gardens are now open, weeks earlier than last year. Welcome to the 2020 Gardening Season!

Still want a plot? It's not too late to sign up. Limited number still available at browncountycommunitygardens.org.

Want to know more about gardening while social distancing? Wisconsin Department of Health Services shares its guidelines here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm#-community-gardens

Did you know? Wisconsin Department of Health Services lists community gardening an allowed activity under the #SaferAtHo...
05/03/2020

Did you know? Wisconsin Department of Health Services lists community gardening an allowed activity under the #SaferAtHome Order, as long as certain precautions are taken. Thanks gardeners Karo and Jason and Creative Sign Company Inc for printing these signs from Public Health Madison & Dane County to post at our gardens help our gardeners stay safe!

There are still plots available at our new MacArthur Heights Community Garden! Thanks to Bridge Point Church Green Bay f...
04/29/2020

There are still plots available at our new MacArthur Heights Community Garden! Thanks to Bridge Point Church Green Bay for providing the space for these 10x20 west-side plots! Sign up now at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Click "Request a Plot."

The De Pere Lions Community Garden opened in 2019 and is our first site in De Pere! City of De Pere and De Pere Wi Lions...
04/26/2020

The De Pere Lions Community Garden opened in 2019 and is our first site in De Pere! City of De Pere and De Pere Wi Lions Club partnered with the program to make this garden possible. 10x20 and 20x20 plots are still available for the 2020 growing season! Sign up now at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Click "Request a Plot."

Thank you Volunteer Center of Brown County for recognizing the Community Gardens Programs' amazing board. Our program wo...
04/23/2020

Thank you Volunteer Center of Brown County for recognizing the Community Gardens Programs' amazing board. Our program wouldn't be possible without these incredible volunteers!

Congratulations to our #VolunteersOfTheWeek, Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors!

Brown County's 2016 LIFE Study identified high obesity rates, hunger and health disparities by income and race/ethnicity, and racial/ethnic inequality and exclusion among top county improvement opportunities. The CDC recognizes health and community benefits of community gardens that help to address these concerns. These benefits are reflected in surveys of the more than 200 families participating in the Brown County Community Gardens, many of whom are at-risk populations: Over 70% of responding 2019 gardeners self-identified as being of low or moderate income, 37% as Asian, 11% as Hispanic or Latino, and 63% as female. In 2019, Brown County Community Garden participants reported participation benefits including increased fruit and vegetable consumption, more physical activity, being more easily able to provide enough food for their families, meeting more people from cultures and backgrounds different from their own, and experiencing less stress.

The Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors meets for 1 1/2 hours 11 months of the year and communicates via email between meetings. Board members provide input into the current and future direction of the program. Roles include setting goals for expansion and development of the program, recruiting new community gardeners, sending weekly garden updates to the community garden coordinator, serving as a liaison between gardeners and the community garden coordinator, and much more. The board cumulatively provided over 300 hours of service in 2019 (though most likely much more, as much service goes unreported). Board members have been engaged with the program anywhere from 8 months to 7 years.

The board's biggest 2019 project was the rebuilding of the Olde North Community Garden, located in one of Green Bay's most at-risk neighborhoods. This raised-bed garden was established in 2014 and, because beds were made of untreated lumber (to be food safe), only had a lifespan of 4-5 years, so were rotting and falling apart. Over multiple weekends, board members rebuilt the beds. They cut, stacked, stored and hauled the new lumber (recycled plastic, for greater longevity). They demolished the old beds and drove multiple trips out of town to dispose of the old lumber, enlisting family and friends to help. The board plotted out the 30 new beds' locations, removed yards of old soil, installed the new beds and then refilled them. The garden plots were the best maintained they have ever been--a true community asset. One board member even walked her lawnmower over a block to the garden most weeks to mow the grass around the garden.

The Brown County Community Gardens Program only has one staff member (the community garden coordinator) to oversee its 11 community gardens as well as other gardening education programs. This means without an active, dedicated board, the program would have to be much smaller in scale and scope. The board is the coordinator's "eyes and ears" in the gardens. Because the gardens are spread throughout the county, the board is comprised of community gardeners who volunteer at each location. Board members serve as a liaison between gardeners and the program coordinator, helping to make sure each of the 220 gardeners and their families feel part of the community garden community and ensuring their needs are met. The board members are essential in turning a large group of individual gardeners into a connected community, where all participants can receive the social, health, and community benefits detailed above.

Thank you, Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors, for helping to provide access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food!

Happy Earth Day! Eating local is a great way to support sustainability, and what better way to do so than to grow your o...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Eating local is a great way to support sustainability, and what better way to do so than to grow your own! Community garden plots are still available for the 2020 growing season. Sign up for yours today at browncountycommunitygardens.org!

Check out our new bluebird houses! Thanks to KaZam Gardens for installing them, Brown County Parks for the installation ...
04/19/2020

Check out our new bluebird houses! Thanks to KaZam Gardens for installing them, Brown County Parks for the installation advice, and a generous community donor for building and donating them!

Community Garden Plot Registration is now live! Sign up today at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Click on "Request a Pl...
04/15/2020

Community Garden Plot Registration is now live! Sign up today at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Click on "Request a Plot."

La inscripcion para las parcelas de los jardines comunitarios ya esta abierta! Inscribase hoy a browncountycommunitygardens.org. Escoja "Pedir una parcela."

Tomorrow's the big day: Remote Community Garden Plot Registration! All community members are welcome to request a plot s...
04/14/2020
Brown County Community Gardens changes registration for this year

Tomorrow's the big day: Remote Community Garden Plot Registration! All community members are welcome to request a plot starting at 8am tomorrow at browncountycommunitygardens.org or (920)391-4660. Thanks WLUK-TV FOX 11 for some great coverage this evening: https://fox11online.com/news/local/brown-county-community-gardens-changes-registration-for-this-year

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Brown County Community Gardens is changing its registration for this year. Due to COVID-19, registration will not be available in person, but only online or by phone at(920)391-4660. There are about 400 garden plots available to Brown County residents for a small fee. The gar...

The Olde North Community Garden, on City of Green Bay Government land, is our only raised-bed-only garden. The 12.5x4.5 ...
04/09/2020

The Olde North Community Garden, on City of Green Bay Government land, is our only raised-bed-only garden. The 12.5x4.5 beds are about a foot off that ground and newly installed in 2019 (thanks to Cellcom and the Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern WI for funding!)! The garden also offers a few tabletop beds that are waist-high or higher for those with more limited mobility. Gardeners can also relax in a beautiful gazebo, generously installed by Mary's Construction. Huge thanks to Schroeder's Flowers for faithfully providing water at this site each year! Find out more: https://www.browncountywi.gov/departments/extension-brown-county/community-gardens/olde-north-community-garden/

A great upcoming online opportunity:
04/07/2020
Produce safety training course offered online

A great upcoming online opportunity:

MADISON — Due to COVID-19 social distancing protocol a Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety (FSMA-PSR) grower training class will be offered online on April...

Exciting news! Our Horticulture Department has a brand new page: Extension Brown County Horticulture! Be sure t...
04/01/2020

Exciting news! Our Horticulture Department has a brand new page: Extension Brown County Horticulture! Be sure to check it out for great growing tips and free horticulture advice! Right now they're offering some timely advice on seed starting. What a perfect activity during this Safer at Home time!

Brown County Community Gardens Program's cover photo
04/01/2020

Brown County Community Gardens Program's cover photo

Thanks Friends!
03/31/2020

Thanks Friends!

It's that time of year again! Preparing for Community Gardens! Thank You Home Depot for the donation of furring strips to make into our amazing stakes!!!

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