What is the Growing Collective?
The Growing Collective is a group of diverse people sharing knowledge, experience, resources, skills and time to grow quality vegetable plants from seed. The Collective is now over 60 members strong. The group is made up of both first-time and experienced home gardeners, along with several community groups which include Giving Gardens, University of Wisconsin-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 makes a commitment to help care for up to 7,000 plants that will be part of the group’s plant sale with proceeds going to support Farmshed’s programs. The plant sale is held annually in May on Memorial Day Weekend.
The Growing Collective is just one of Farmshed’s many programs that support its mission to grow a resilient local food community. The Growing Collective is one way Farmshed provides opportunities for participation, education, cooperation, and action in Central Wisconsin’s local food economy.
What do we believe in?
- Collective leadership and group 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
How it all began
The Growing Collective was created in 2013 by a group of 17 founding members who came together to plan a unique collaborative to grow vegetable starts together. Since the beginning, the group believes that shared work and decision-making, along with strong community, communication and education, can create an inclusive, sustainable collective. We work within the support and framework of Farmshed to strengthen our local food community. As we continue our work together, we remain committed to these beliefs.
Interested in learning more? Check out this video detailing the history of our organization!
Learn more about becoming a member here…