Changing our community

This Garden was established in October 2016 with just a handful of volunteers working the land behind a local church. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary with incorporating as The Giving Gardens, Inc.

Since then, the Giving Garden has donated over 6000 lbs of organic produce and 6300 eggs to the Sweetwater Mission Food Pantry.

In addition to the Sweetwater Mission, the Garden has also been responsible for gathering donations such as other food items, books, and coats for families in need across the community.

Today, we also partner with Family Promise, another non-profit which helps families escape from the poverty cycle with temporary housing. The Giving House has housed 12 people over 326 nights.

All proceeds are used for maintaining the Giving Garden itself or the Giving House, or to be used for providing donations to those in need within our community.

There is limited paid staff, and the organization today is still run by volunteers from the local community. if you are interested in joining our cause to interrupt poverty, please don't Hesitate to reach out.

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Neighbors helping neighbors

Our Lead Volunteer team

Judy Byler
Director and President
Amanda Harris
Operations Director
Kristin Lemmerman
Garden Coordinator
Jonathan Winn
Kate Thalacker
Hillary Jensen
Program Coordinator
Board Members and Lead Volunteers

What They Say?

thank you to our partners

Family Promise is "committed to assisting homeless families with children achieve adequate and consistent income, stable housing and lasting independence by mobilizing our local interfaith community to provide temporary meals, shelter, compassionate hospitality and professional social services."
The Giving House is one way we support them in providing temporary housing to families in need, and assist towards their escape from the poverty cycle.

The Giving Garden was started by an idea from the Pastor at Vinings Lake Church. They owned some land that they were not using and wanted to offer the land for the community to use. A few of the neighbors started the Garden. Thanks to the support from Vinings Lake, the Garden now owns the land itself and is a fully independent non-profit.

The Giving Garden has been a member of WWOOF since June 2018.  WWOOF is an educational and cultural exchange program. WWOOFing is a way to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of American agrarian culture.  Visitors, or ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half of each day helping out on a host farm, learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board during their visit – with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers.