This is the eighth season that HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer plots in its community garden to feed those in need. The plots will be ready for gardeners by mid-May.
For a small plot fee, individuals and families whose budgets do not allow for fresh produce, or who struggle to put food on the table, have the opportunity to grow their own at the hospital’s Community Garden. People who feel they need the food are encouraged to keep their entire yield.
Individuals, service organizations, and other groups willing to grow and donate their entire harvest to local food pantries also are welcome to rent plots and donate their harvest to local food pantries through St. Joseph’s Hospital. This program has provided as much as 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries in recent years.
The garden is located off of Scheidler Road across from Chippewa Valley Technical College. The cost is $20 per plot for a household. Donors will pay a one-time annual fee of $35 for one or more plots and are asked to donate the harvest to local food pantries through St. Joseph’s Hospital. Plots are 12 feet by 24 feet. The garden is fenced with locked gates and is completely irrigated with garden tools available for use. There is also a water hydrant available for cleaning produce.
For more information, or to pick up an application, call Roger Elliot, community garden coordinator, at 715-563-2069, or email him at email@example.com.