The Giving Fields provides a unique and beautiful green space for volunteers to get their hands dirty while participating in the hard work that it takes to grow & provide nutritious food. Groups can receive education on seasonal planting, managing food waste through composting, nutrition of farm fresh produce, and gardening tips.

Volunteers from Freestore Foodbank, local businesses, churches and organizations support the day-to-day operations of the farm from planting to cultivating and harvesting. To volunteer contact or call 513-482-7550.

The Giving Fields, Freestore Foodbank’s community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky, provides fresh produce for Northern Kentucky food pantries. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing that you are prepared to get dirty and/or wet.  All Giving Fields volunteers must complete the volunteer application and liability waiver, either on paper or through our electronic system.
Learn More About The Giving Fields

Fresh Produce for 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 Freestore Foodbank community partner agencies in Northern Kentucky. 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 the Giving Fields Start?
Doug and Sheila Bray came to Freestore Foodbank with the idea of utilizing land that they owned to help provide healthy food for the community. It turned into a collaborative effort between the Brays, 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 organizations 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 ten minutes away from downtown Cincinnati. We 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 Pam Mawhinney, Freestore Foodbank Director of Community Partnerships and Programs. “But you’re helping to nourish them as well.”

Direction To The Giving Fields

Directions: From I-275, take the Highland Heights exit. From I-471, enter Highland Heights on Alexandria Pike (US-27). Travelling SE on Alexandria Pike from Highland Heights, turn left onto Industrial Road (SR 1998). Turn right on SR 8, passing through Silver Grove. You will pass St. Ann’s Convent on the right, with a Melbourne sign in front of it. The next road on the left is Anderson Lane (Kwick Food Mart is at the corner). Turn left onto Anderson Road, crossing the railroad tracks. The Giving Fields are on the right, parking for volunteers is on the left.

Other Ways To Apply

Complete the online volunteer application or call the Volunteer Services at 513-482-7550 with questions.

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 Michael Truitt.