The Giving Garden grows vegetables and produce for families and individuals in our community that struggle to put fresh food on their tables.
In the fall of 2011, members of the Pittsfield Church of Christ had a vision to help others by planting a garden. The very next spring, the Giving Garden became a reality. We came to understand that many people in our community, both individuals and families, could not afford to put fresh produce on their tables. Nutrient dense produce is an expensive commodity for those in need. The Giving Garden does not sell the produce it grows. One hundred percent of that which is grown is given away to help others.
In the second year of existence, the garden doubled in size. Although it was a bad growing year, 3000 pounds of produce was again distributed throughout the county. In 2014, the Giving Garden has grown again and now tripled in size to around 2.5 acres. We now have a tractor, a rotor tiller, a cultivator and a seed planter. We can state very clearly that we want to make a significant difference in the health and wellness of individuals in our community by providing for them the opportunity to eat more healthfully. In just two years, 8000 pounds of produce has been placed on the tables of those who would otherwise have gone without. When grocery money is limited, more often than not, carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta, and processed foods are the default choice for many.