Growing Collective

Growers working together to start their gardens from seed. Sowing the seeds for local foods!

 

Growing Collective

The Growing Collective is a group of Stevens Point area gardeners who organized to take on the spring growing challenge together.  The collective, started in 2013, is now over 40 members strong. 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.

The collective grows vegetable starts from seed, including heirloom, organic and unusual selections of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and many more. Each member creates a plant order for themselves and also makes a commitment to help care for the up to 5,000 plants that will be part of the group’s plant sale with proceeds going to support awareness and renovations of Farmshed’s downtown site.  The plant sale will be held annually in May on Memorial Day Weekend, here at 1220 Briggs Court, in Stevens Point.  All information can be found on our calendar.

What does Growing Collective believe in?

  • Organic growing methods to produce high quality plants
  • Collective leadership and decision-making
  • Strong communication and thoughtful planning
  • Sharing of knowledge, experience, skills, time, and resources
  • Honoring diversity among our members

Growing Collective Membership

By becoming a member of the Growing Collective you will be able to attend our monthly meetings, which include educational components, learn and participate in our weekend work days, and be able to get your own vegetable starts!

There are 4 levels of involvement with the Growing Collective:

Level 1

Order up to 30 plants
Contribute $10.00 toward the Growing Collective materials fee
Become a Farmshed member starting at $30.00
Give at least 15 hours of time to the collective: You could participate in 2 work days, volunteer for a shift at the plant sale, and sign up for 4 waterings.

Level 2
Order up to 60 plants
Contribute $20.00 toward the Growing Collective materials fee
Become a Farmshed member starting at $30.00
Give at least 30 hours of time to the collective: You could participate in 4 work days, help with plant distribution to the members, and sign up for 6 waterings.

Level 3
Order up to 90 plants
Contribute $30.00 toward the Growing Collective materials fee
Become a Farmshed membership starting at $30.00
Give at least 45 hours of time to the collective: You could help set up the greenhouse for germination, participate in 4 work days, volunteer for a shift at the plant sale, sign up for 10 waterings, and help with end-of-season cleanup.

Volunteer Level
Give the time you can, without membership fees
Learn from the Growing Collective and share your skills, knowledge, and time
Support Farmshed through community participation
Buy quality plants grown by the collective at the Farmshed plant sale

Enrollment to become a 2017 Growing Collective member is now closed. Want to join us as a volunteer? Email us at volunteer@farmshed.org for more info.

The next member meeting is  Tuesday, May 2nd 5:30-7:30 at Farmshed. Join us as we discuss general Collective information including our work day plan for May! Hope to see you there.

 

Members can access the Growing Collective website HERE to report hours, view calendars and more.

WHY SUPPORT FARMSHED

We Believe: 1) Food should be grown in a sustainable manner 2) People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods 3) The public should know local farmers 4) Farmers should know who eats their food

BECOME A MEMBER

Your membership supports our community programming as well as our production greenhouse, community kitchen, gathering space, and learning center.
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