In 2018, The Big Garden began a partnership with a Kansas City organization called the Giving Grove. As of the end of 2017, which is housed at Kansas City Community Gardens, had planted community orchards at 145 sites in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Their mission is similar to The Big Garden's, and as they looked to expand their reach to other cities, a partnership between the two organizations seemed like a perfect fit. In 2018, the inaugural year of the Giving Grove in Omaha, the Giving Grove of Kansas City provided The Big Garden with many physical resources and extensive training for the staff at The Big Garden. This program would not be possible without their support.
In 2018, The Big Garden planted 61 trees and 45 brambles at 8 sites around the Omaha-metro. The Big Garden will provide a lifetime of technical support and training to the folks at these sites, but the orchards belong to the partnering sites, not to The Big Garden. This means that the care of the orchards is up to a few individuals, called ‘stewards,’ at each site. The Giving Grove stewards are the backbone of this program, and altogether the 2018 stewards will help to produce more than 270,000 pounds of food over the lifetime of these trees.
If you and your organization are interested in installing a community orchard in partnership with The Big Garden and the Giving Grove, please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plantings occur every spring and fall.