A community garden that provides food for homeless shelters across the county keeps growing.
Garden of Eatin’, a local nonprofit run by Kenosha County Supervisor Andy Berg and his wife Mercy Berg, helps supply local soup kitchens with vegetables, herbs and fruit.
Late last month, they received two small plots of land in the Uptown neighborhood — 5712 18th Ave. and 2011 57th St. — which will be used to expand the garden.
The nonprofit already has a 1,200-square-foot plot at 4405 31st Ave. and a 4,400-square-foot plot behind the Moose Club, 3003 30th Ave.
“We had a donor who was willing to pay for the two properties,” Andy Berg said.
He said he hopes to make the new plots perennial-type gardens with fruit trees and herbs. No work has started yet on the site, partly because donations and funds are needed.
Garden of Eatin’ started as a school project for Andy Berg in 2013 when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, but it quickly grew into something bigger.
Now the Bergs and some volunteers do all the planting, tending and harvesting. The garden relies on donations of seeds, tools and funds supplied by area residents and local businesses.
Thousands of pounds of food have been donated since its inception.
“Being able to provide for others in Kenosha” keeps the Bergs motivated, Andy said.
“We’re a community, and we need to provide those who don’t have,” he said.
All the food from the gardens goes to the Shalom Center, First Step Services, Women and Children’s Horizons and the Sharing Center in Trevor.