Benton Community Garden
This site, located at the corner of Benton Boulevard and Linwood Boulevard, is a unique site utilized by schoolyard gardeners from Hope Leadership Academy as well as neighborhood gardeners. The orchard consists of two pawpaw trees, a hybrid almond tree, three European pear trees, two bush cherry shrubs, and two existing apple trees. Community members worked with The Giving Grove staff to add a butterfly garden in order to attract beneficial pollinators.
Planted at the Dolinar Farm in collaboration with The Journey Church in western Wyandotte County, this Giving Grove site includes five peach trees, two European pear, and six apple trees.
Butcher Greene Elementary School
Located in Grandview, Missouri, Butcher Greene Elementary has made some impressive new campus improvements this spring. The fourth grade classes worked to plant 11 fruit trees including apple, European pear, Asian pear, and jujube. Students worked with Giving Grove staff to construct a raised bed of raspberries and a pollinator garden. These efforts enhance the Schoolyard Garden that KCCG staff installed this spring, serving as an outdoor classroom for students. Educators plan to develop standards-based lessons using the orchard as a foundation, encouraging children to play and work outdoors and to pay attention to nature.
This neighborhood, located at 34th & Forest in Kansas City, Missouri, is a wonderful example of neighbors coming together to create a community growing space. Individuals can rent raised beds and participate in growing potatoes and sweet potatoes in a dedicated space. The trees are planted on a community berm, a permaculture feature that collects rainwater, prevents erosion, and offers other environmental and soil benefits. A Giving Grove addition including raspberries, clove currants, pawpaws, bush cherries, hazelnuts, and espaliered dwarf apple trees creates a living fence between the sidewalk and growing space in this highly trafficked pedestrian area.
The Rosedale Development Association (RDA) received a grant from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County’s Stormwater Quality Education Grant Program for the Giving Grove planted in Fisher Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The orchard will help RDA achieve its goals of increasing access to healthy food and providing safe spaces for physical activity, while beautifying Fisher Park and bringing more people to the park.
Gardner Community Garden
The Gardner Community Garden planted fruit trees in 2015 to complement their vegetable production as a way to give back to the community and provide food to those in need. The Giving Grove was delighted to add the site to our list of community partners in spring of 2016. Currently the orchard contains four peach, three apricot, six plum, four cherry, 12 pear, and 26 apple trees.
Hillview Church of God
The Hillview Children’s Center, located at Hillview Church of God in Kansas City, Kansas, provides a healthy environment for students complete with a Schoolyard Garden and a Giving Grove orchard. The site contains four raised beds for growing vegetables and now has added a raised bed of raspberries, a bed of strawberries and a pollinator garden featuring a variety of insectary plants. In addition, the orchard contains three European pear, three Asian pear, three apple, and two jujube trees.
ICNA Relief USA (Islamic Circle of North America)
At a women and children’s shelter in Raytown, MO, ICNA recently added a large edible landscape including a Giving Grove orchard and a raised bed vegetable garden. The orchard consists of four apple trees, four European pear trees, three hazelnuts, two jujube trees, a hybrid peach almond tree, one fig and one bush cherry shrub. In addition, Giving Grove and other KCCG staff worked alongside community volunteers to add raised beds of strawberries and raspberries with another for insectary plants.
Immanuel Manor Apartment
Sponsored by Blue Hills Community Services, this orchard provides healthy food access for the residents as part of a community garden at Immanuel Manor. One European pear, two Asian pear, two dwarf apple trees, a bush cherry shrub, and a raised bed filled with strawberries complete the existing raised bed vegetable production. The complex recently constructed a beautiful new shelter and gathering space to enjoy their healthy harvest together.
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
KCU celebrated 100 years by partnering with The Giving Grove to invest in the planting of fruit trees. The orchard on KCU’s campus will provide an ongoing food source to residents of Kansas City’s historic Northeast neighborhood. KCU has had a thriving community garden in place since 2008, and the University donates 100% of produce back to the neighborhood, especially the nearby Della Lamb food pantry. . The addition of the orchard trees will not only offer the University the opportunity to continue to engage elementary students from Della Lamb and Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School in the care and harvest of the trees, it will also offer an additional source of produce to share among friends and neighbors in the years to come.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
A great group of congregants joined together to fund the planting of two apple trees in 2015. In spring of 2016, the Church added four additional apple trees to provide fresh fruit for its Saturday morning breakfast ministry. The breakfast attracts an average of 50 people for fellowship and good food each week.
Morning Star Community Garden
Deacon Sammy Howell established the community gardens at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church several years ago with support from congregation and community leaders, as well as Kansas City Community Gardens. Congregation members give away produce harvested from the garden to anyone in need in the neighborhood, and garden produce also supplies the Morning Star food pantry. Giving Grove staff and community volunteers added six fruit trees to the garden, including two peach, two apple, and two European pears.
Olathe South High School
The Environmental Science and Horticulture classes, as well as the Green Team, at Olathe South are working together to develop a Campus Farm. The new Giving Grove orchard consists of two jujube trees, two European pear trees, two Asian pear trees, two bush cherry shrubs, one fig, and six raspberry plants. The goals of the Campus Farm are to provide opportunities for students to learn about sustainable agriculture and energy through hands-on participation and help provide food to families in need in the community.
The members of the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association continued to demonstrate their deep sense of community pride this spring by expanding an existing Giving Grove orchard. The orchard is another way that Pendleton Heights community members are reconnecting and revitalizing this historic neighborhood, while producing fresh food for themselves and their neighbors. The spring 2016 Giving Grove addition includes four European and Asian pear trees, four apple trees, two jujube, three pawpaw, and a bush cherry, enhancing the existing orchard of six peach trees, two plum, two pear, and a cherry tree.
Schlagle High School
Located in Kansas City, Kansas, Schlagle High School science students worked together to enhance an existing vegetable garden by adding a Giving Grove orchard. They have six apple trees, three European pear, three Asian pear, and two jujube trees.
State Street Project
A collaboration between the State Street Project, Young Women on the Move, Communities Creating Opportunities, Paraclete Strategies Inc., the Eric Berry Foundation, My Neighbor’s Keeper, The Giving Grove, and Kansas City Community Gardens – this new orchard and youth garden is bringing neighbors together for a healthier Kansas City, Kansas. The orchard includes five apple, four Asian pear, four European pear, two fig trees, and two bush cherry shrubs in addition to 60 strawberry plants and 18 blackberry and raspberry bushes. Additionally, the site contains raised beds for vegetable production and overall will be a great source of healthy food for the youth involved on site and the surrounding KCK neighborhood.
Stony Point North Elementary
A neighborhood school in Kansas City, Kansas with a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) group came together to add a Giving Grove to an established Schoolyard Garden. The orchard includes three apple, three Asian and three European pear, and two jujube trees. It also includes a raised bed for raspberries and another for pollinator plants.
Sumner Academy of Integrated Arts & Sciences
Sumner Academy leaders envision the school’s Giving Grove orchard teaching students to enjoy fresh fruit and learning more about food production and land stewardship. This orchard contains four dwarf apple, three pear, and three jujube trees. Students and volunteers established the orchard with support from Giving Grove staff and in collaboration with neighbors from the nearby Turtle Hill Community Association.
Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity
In 2016, the Giving Grove partnered with Truman Heritage Habitat to offer fruit trees and a raised vegetable bed for those homeowners interested in growing food in their new backyards. Giving Grove staff were delighted to plant two fruit trees at two new home sites in spring 2016, with plans to add more trees at Habitat homes in the fall.
Beaumont Baptist Church
The goal of Beaumont Baptist Church’s Giving Grove orchard is to teach kids how to grow healthy food and how to be a good steward for God’s creation. In addition, the congregation aims to provide a way for low-income and impoverished people to become more self-sufficient. The 10 fruit trees, two bush cherry shrubs, and two raised beds of blackberries, planted in fall of 2016 beside an established KCCG Community Partner Garden, will assist in meeting these goals.
Border Star Montessori School
Border Star became a Giving Grove site during the fall of 2016, after establishing a planting of six fruit trees, blackberries, and raspberries as part of an existing KCCG Schoolyard Garden. The school has an active PTA program that brings students out to the school garden and orchard throughout the year for learning opportunities.
Community Covenant Church Lenexa
Community Covenant Church established a KCCG Community Partner Garden in 2013 to provide local food pantries with fresh vegetables. As part of these ministry efforts, participants were excited to add five fruit trees to the mix in the fall of 2016 with Giving Grove support. The gardening group is a small but mighty group, open for expansion and interested in additional volunteers. Please contact the church to join the efforts.
Heartland All Species Project
The Heartland All Species Project orchard, located on Tracy Street in Kansas City, Missouri, is a demonstration and education site dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables. In addition to demonstrating how growing food in the neighborhood can be attractive, the project is also providing healthy food for neighbors on the block. The orchard consists of four pear trees, six espalier apple trees, two bush cherry shrubs, and a native insectary planting.
Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas
Thanks to the staff and volunteers at Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, a non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless transition to self-sufficiency, this Giving Grove located in Kansas City, Kansas, includes four Asian pear trees. The orchard is an excellent complement to the existing community garden, which consists of 44 thriving raised beds of vegetables and an abundance of blackberries. The orchard is very symbolic of the mission of Hillcrest – to plant and nurture life, helping it to grow and flourish.
Home Grown Community Garden
"Home Grown on 20th” is an edible landscaped community in the Washington Wheatley Community, built by Home Contained LLC. Developer Debbie Glassberg is creating an all edible garden and training area for the new homeowners and the rest of the neighborhood. The unique design is focused around an extremely large, existing pear tree that has nourished the neighbors for years and includes additional apple trees planted using experimental growing methods. This growing site will expand to include berries, clove currants, bush cherries, pawpaws, and persimmons in a spring 2017 planting. In the future, Steve Mann of Prairie Ecosystem Management will lead workshops on-site in the garden focusing on permaculture and sustainable design systems. Classes are open to the public and can be found on Steve’s Prairie Ecosystems Management Facebook page.
Jewish Vocational Services
The JVS Global Gardens Project added a Giving Grove planting to two of their established community garden locations in the Historic Northeast KC. Giving Grove staff worked with refugees to plant bush cherry shrubs, dwarf apple trees, Asian pear trees, and a peach tree at one site, and a 40-foot section of blackberries and 25 feet of raspberries at a second site.
Kansas City, Missouri, Parks Department, Sheffield Park
Our newest project in partnership with the Kansas City, Missouri Department of Parks and Recreation became a reality in fall of 2016 at Sheffield Park in the Historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. This project, sponsored by Kansas City University (KCU), is a part of the 100 trees planted to honor the University’s 100th year anniversary. The planting includes jujube, fig, bush cherry, European pear, Asian pear, apple, and chestnut trees.
Nile Valley Orchard
The orchard, part of the Nile Valley Aquaponics project in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, will increase access to fresh, organic food and help revitalize the neighborhood while providing alternative sources of income for residents. The orchard includes two peach, two European pear, two Asian pear, three apple, one fig tree, and raspberries.
Overland Park Community Garden
Overland Park Community Garden (OPCG), in partnership with the City of Overland Park’s Parks and Recreation Department, established a Giving Grove orchard located on the west lawn adjacent to the Oak Park Library (95th & Bluejacket). The Grove consists of 11 trees with a mixture of apples, European and Asian pears. The orchard complements OPCG’s mission of providing space to grow healthy food using organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly methods. It extends the charitable arm of OPCG and it contributes to building community, a primary goal of the original community garden established in 2011. The addition of the orchard strengthens the collaborative relationship between the Johnson County Library system, the City of Overland Park, and Overland Park Community Garden.
Paseo West Community Garden
Paseo West Community Garden is a project of Hope Faith Ministries, the William Jewell College Pryor Leadership Program, and other partners and volunteers dedicated to fostering community in the Paseo West Neighborhood. I In the fall of 2016, Paseo West Community Garden became a Giving Grove site to gain valuable resources and assistance with two existing apple trees, along with blackberry and raspberry crops. An additional orchard will be planted in the future to provide more food for the Paseo West community, including support of formerly homeless individuals transitioning into permanent housing as part of Hope Faith Ministries.
Total Man Community Development Corporation
The orchard will support Total Man’s goal of creating a healthy community by improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The combined KCCG Community Partner Garden and Giving Grove orchard will provide access to healthy foods for the neighboring community. The garden and orchard will also provide educational and social benefits including youth enrichment and sharing of food production knowledge with the wider community. Total Man CDC members also believe that bringing the community together to grow food will have a positive impact by discouraging crime and vandalism in this urban core neighborhood. The orchard consists of one peach tree, two apple trees, two Asian pear trees, two European pear trees, two bush cherry shrubs, one fig tree, two jujube trees, blackberries, and raspberries.
Turtle Hill Community Association
Neighborhood leaders from the historic Turtle Hill neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, came together with Giving Grove staff, the pastor and congregation of a nearby Baptist church, and even local firefighters and community police officers to make the Turtle Hill Neighborhood Orchard a success. Turtle Hill Community Association members are committed to fostering a safe, healthy community. Community organizers are working to grow and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to two area food pantries. The community orchard is located on land made available by Liberty Bank of Kansas City, Kansas. It includes three Asian pear, three European pear, three apple trees, two bush cherry shrubs, blackberries, and raspberries. Future plans for the space include a vegetable garden, to be added in spring 2017.
Washington High School
The Giving Grove orchard at Washington High School will help students learn healthy eating habits, gain hands-on experience in the garden as part of science classes, and prepare students for careers related to agriculture. The orchard contains three apple, three European pear, and four Asian pear trees.