Vet Garden
Vet Garden

In the past few years, Brown County's Church Road Community Garden has become increasingly difficult for gardeners to access, as the dirt road leading into the garden has become more and more rutted. The community gardeners' board of directors allocated funds to fix the worst ruts this year, but did not have funding to repair the whole road. The program hired A G Excavating Inc to complete the repair work, and this generous company surprised the program and its gardeners by repairing the entire road for no additional cost! Thank you, A G Excavating Inc, for helping us help people grow their own food. Gardeners cannot wait to use the new road in the 2021 growing season!
Nov. 12, 2020
Each year, new gardeners who receive a raised garden bed from the New Leaf Garden Blitz program have the opportunity to be paired with an experienced gardener through the Brown County Community Gardens Program's garden mentorship program. In 2020, 10 new Blitz gardeners, including both individuals and organizations, met with volunteer mentors throughout the growing season. Pairs covered topics ranging from garden planning and planting to pest control, harvest, and preparing for the end of the season. One gardener shared "It was so great having a mentor as our source of knowledge and our cheerleader. She was always so excited about everything we did and she was so encouraging, assuring us that we had a natural skill for gardening."
 
The goal of the mentorship program is to help new gardeners build gardening knowledge and confidence so they can garden independently in the future, and, out of 2020 mentees responding to an end-of-season survey, 100 percent said they would continue to garden in the future.
 
Nov. 12, 2020
The Diocese of Green Bay selected the Brown County Community Gardens Program as a 2020 recipient of its CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl grant. CRS is the international charitable arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Funds for the grants come from an annual collection in the diocese. Seventy-five percent of the funds collected go to CRS work overseas, and 25 percent is awarded locally to support immigrants and refugees.
 
The community gardens program received funds to purchase plants and seeds from local greenhouses to share with its participating gardeners, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. Additional funds were also awarded for other garden projects. Thank you to Diocese of Green Bay CRS Rice Bowl grant for helping our gardeners grow!
Sept. 10, 2020
Make sure your surplus garden produce doesn't go to waste by participating in Planting for a Purpose, a joint project of the Green Bay Packers and Brown County to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries. Planting for a Purpose participants have reported 3,126 pounds of produce donated so far this season. That’s over TEN times the 281 pounds reported at this time last year!
 
Many local pantries accept fresh produce donations and have need for more donations to meet clients' needs. Need is especially great this year. Help make sure everyone has the fresh fruits and vegetables they need by signing up to participate here.
Sept. 10, 2020
Harvest season is underway! Have extra fruits and vegetables from your garden? Make sure your surplus produce doesn't go to waste by participating in Planting for a Purpose, a joint project of the Green Bay Packers and Extension Brown County to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries.
 
Many local pantries accept fresh produce donations and have need for more donations to meet clients' needs. Need is especially great this year. Help make sure everyone has the fresh fruits and vegetables they need by signing up to participate here.
Aug. 17, 2020
As part of their Planting for a Purpose produce donation program, Brown County Community Gardens and the Green Bay Packers once again teamed up to distribute free seed potatoes. Community members picked up over 1,000 free seed potatoes, donated by Wisconsin Certified Seed Potatoes, to plant in their gardens, with the understanding that they will donate half of their potato harvest to a food pantry.
 
All community members are invited to sign up to participate in Planting for a Purpose, to meet food pantries' need for more fresh produce donations. Join the effort by signing up to participate. There is no minimum donation amount. All participants can pick up a free rain gauge, while supplies last.
June 9, 2020
All 370+ community garden plots at the Brown County Community Gardens Program's 12 rental garden locations are now ready and rented to community members interested in growing their own food. Over 220 families have signed up to garden a plot where they can plant, care for, and harvest their own produce. Special thanks go to the following organizations, groups and individuals, as well as many others, for their assistance preparing the gardens for the start of the growing season:
  • Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors and Volunteers
  • City of De Pere
  • City of Green Bay
  • East and West High Schools
  • Frank Hutjens
  • Frank Daul and Sam Graner
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
  • Green Bay Packers Give Back
  • Green Bay Vet Center
  • Home Depot
  • John Lemere
  • Jon and Sara Krause
  • Kwaterski Construction
  • Mark VandenPlas
  • Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
  • Streble Dairy
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Village of Hobart
Thank you for making the community gardens a true community effort!
June 9, 2020
The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.

View the full press release here.
Mar. 28, 2020