Vision

We seek to plant seeds of hope in our community by getting our hands dirty. While growing healthy produce for our neighbors in need, we look forward to building relationships across generations and among faith communities. At the garden, we can learn sustainable and organic gardening practices as well as laugh, enjoy the fresh air and help young children pull weeds. We hope the Giving Garden will be a place for building relationships, caring for the earth, growing good food, and sharing its nourishing harvest. Reverend Dana Allen Walsh and Steering Committee

Get Involved!

We need many volunteers to make this work. Whether you’d like to come help with your family, on your own, or with a faith or other community group, you are welcome at the garden! During the growing season we will have work sessions a couple times a week, with both weekday and weekend times available.

View the volunteer schedule and choose your slot to sign up HERE.

No experience necessary! On site, experienced gardeners are happy to guide you and we are eager to help kids of all ages learn and feel good about helping others.

If you would like to bring a large group, please contact us at GivingGardenGrows@gmail.com so we can find a time that works for you. ppp

Volunteers broke ground on The Giving Garden in June, 2015 on 1/4 acre of previously farmed land. Our goal for this start-up year was to build necessary infrastructure, improve the soil and plant a small pilot garden. With the help of many wonderful volunteers, especially youth, we achieved these goals!

Details

What we built
Soil
Pilot garden
This year’s harvest included: radishes, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, swiss chard, cilantro, lettuce and kale.

Location

The Giving Garden is located on the grounds of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover. It is a lovely, rural spot surrounded by woods, wetlands and fields. Volunteers have spotted a wonderful variety of wildlife, including several sightings of a bald eagle! It is a peaceful place to catch your breath and reconnect with nature.

Plans for 2016

This winter we will be busy making plans to garden the full quarter-acre. We look forward to starting the growing season as soon as the weather allows with early spring greens, onions, and peas. As the weather warms, we will begin planting a greater variety of veggies, with lots of heat-loving tomatoes and peppers. Garlic has already been planted in the fall and will be harvested early in the summer.

Our plans include extending the irrigation line to a second tap and building a nice sturdy compost bin.

We are also working with Neighbors In Need to improve our system of delivering the produce and to ensure the vegetables we grow will be well-received at the food pantry.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact us at GivingGardenGrows@gmail.com! We would love to talk to you about your interest in gardening. We can also add you to our email list for updates about volunteer opportunities.

Check out our facebook group for more pictures and updates about the garden.

Thanks!   Thanks!   Thanks!

  • We are grateful to many people and organizations who have helped us get this far!
  • All who have volunteered their time at the garden this summer and fall.
  • The youth participants of South Church’s Summer of Service put in many hours on the irrigation line and fencing.
  • Forever Green Landscaping and Samantha’s Gardens for donating labor.
  • Iric Rex of Davis Square Architects for design and construction of the garden shed.
  • Highland Farm of Merrimac, MA for donating many, many bales of hay.
  • And especially Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center for hosting us!

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