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 and UW-Stevens Point Students for Sustainability.
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
Registration is now open until March 1, 2023
Join the Collective!
How to become a Growing Collective member:
Decide what level you would like to enroll based on how many plants you would like to receive and how much time you would like to share in the experience of the 2023 Growing Collective. Participation is FREE after becoming a Farmshed member.
Growing Collective Membership Levels
Level 1: Receive 15 plants by volunteering 10 hours
Level 2: Receive 30 plants by volunteering 20 hours
Level 3: Receive 45 plants by volunteering 30 hours
Level 4: Receive 60 plants by volunteering 40 hours
Level 5: Receive 90 plants by volunteering 60 hours
The majority of opportunities to fulfill hours occurs mid-March through the first week of June. But don’t be intimidated, there are plenty of ways and opportunities to earn hours in this period.
This event, which is free & open to the public, will start with a gardening presentation followed by a seed share of any type of garden seeds (vegetable, flowers, native plants, etc)- with many organic, heirloom and unique varieties available.
The event will take place in the Pinery Room at the Portage County Public Library.
You do not need to bring seeds to participate (there are 100's of seed packets to give away!) but if you would like to bring some to swap please follow these instructions:
Bring seeds in a packet (type of packet is your choice) labeled with at least type, variety, year and source. For example: Sweet Pepper, Carmen, 2020, Fedco. Include as much optional info as you like. A copy of the original seed packet is great too! Please be prepared to leave the seeds you brought.
A limited number of seed bags for you to collect and take seeds home will be available but please bring your own if you are able.
This is also a great event to attend if you are interested in learning more about the Growing Collective or becoming a member!