Growing a Healthier Community

ThedaCare Neighborhood Garden Provided Nearly 500 Pounds to Community

ThedaCare’s Neighborhood Garden provided 488 pounds of food to the community in 2011.

Inspiration for the community garden came from a spring 2010 Community Health Action Team (CHAT) Plunge, where the team toured other community gardens and realized the potential benefits of a ThedaCare garden.

The garden was inaugurated in 2011 and viewed as a bridge for promoting health and wellness between the community and ThedaCare employees. Initially, there were 21 plots — four volunteer plots reserved for the food pantries, and 17 plots for individuals or families. Of the volunteer gardeners, 18 were ThedaCare employees and seven were members from the community at-large.

This year, the garden’s goal is to grow and donate 700 pounds of food from the four volunteer gardens. Last year’s fresh produce recipients included the Salvation Army and St. Joseph’s in Menasha.

The ThedaCare Neighborhood Garden is at Encircle Health, 2500 E. Capitol Drive, Appleton.  

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