The 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 60 members strong. The group is made up of both first-time and experienced home gardeners, along with several community groups including Giving Gardens, UW-Stevens Point Students for Sustainability, and Stevens Point Area YMCA Farm to School AmeriCorps.

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 10,000 plants that will be part of the group’s plant sale with proceeds going to support awareness and renovations of Farmshed’s programs. The Plant Sale is held annually in May on Memorial Day Weekend, in the Farmshed Greenhouse at 1220 Briggs Court, in Stevens Point.  Additional information can be found on our calendar.

What does The Growing Collective believe in?

  • Collective leadership and decision-making

  • Collaborative learning among membership to strengthen our growing practices

  • Strong communication, thoughtful planning, and clear organization

  • Shared knowledge, experience, skills, time, and resources

  • Diversity among our membership

  • Organic growing methods to produce high quality plants