Fresh Produce for our Neighbors Who Need Help
The Giving Fields is a Freestore Foodbank program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors who need our help. The 10-acre community farm is located at 101 Anderson Avenue in Melbourne, Kentucky. Some of the produce grown at the Giving Fields includes: blueberries, apples, strawberries, lettuce, kale, onions, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, green beans and so much more!
From Farm to Table
The Giving Fields provides produce for 117,000 meals each season. The fruits and vegetables benefit more than a dozen Freestore Foodbank community partner agencies in Northern Kentucky. The agencies are emergency feeding organizations such as food pantries and soup kitchens that work with the Freestore Foodbank to serve the community.
As soon as the fresh produce is harvested at the Giving Fields, it arrives at our partner agencies that day – still warm from the sun! Literally, from farm to table.
How did it get Started?
Doug and Sheila Bray came to the Freestore Foodbank with the idea of utilizing land that they owned to help our neighbors. It turned into a collaborative effort between The Brays, the Freestore Foodbank, some of its Northern Kentucky community partner agencies, and the UK Cooperative Extension Office. The Giving Fields first season launched in the Spring of 2011.
Come Play in the Dirt
Volunteers from the Freestore Foodbank, local businesses, churches and soup kitchens support the day-to-day operations of the farm from planting to cultivating and harvesting. Please consider donating your time and energy to this effort. You’re never too young or too old to play in the dirt! No experience is required and we’re only about 10 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati. We greatly welcome kids, families, large groups and organizations.
“From seed to table, you’re not just helping to feed our neighbors who need our help,” says Sarah Celenza, Freestore Foodbank Community Partnership Manager. “But you’re helping to
nourish them as well.”
Other Ways to Help
To make a monetary donation to the Giving Fields, please email Mindy Hammer or call (513) 482-7099.
Supplies for irrigation, fencing, plants, fertilizers, tools, and other gardening equipment are also greatly welcome. If you are interested in donating supplies, please email Farm Manager Molly Jordan to coordinate.