Vet Garden
Vet Garden

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