GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, encouraging people to do good. Consider saving the date and donating to Fertile GroundWorks on Dec. 3 through the Community Health & Education Foundation (CHEF) website. CHEF will generously match gifts with $1 for every $2 donated, up to $10,000 in donations. Fertile GroundWorks is one of only three local non-profits selected, so please help us take advantage of this opportunity.

Fertile GroundWorks’ mission is to teach and empower people and communities to increase their health, wellbeing, and self-reliance by growing food for themselves and others, organically and sustainably. Produce from our Garden of Grace is given to Open Heart Kitchen and local food pantries to feed the needy in the most nutritious way. Fertile GroundWorks also champions locally-grown food and facilitates the creation and sustainable operation of community, school and employee gardens.

The Garden of Grace, our principle teaching garden, is located in Livermore on land owned and provided for our use by Asbury United Methodist Church.

In 2018, Fertile Groundworks harvested over 19,000 pounds to share with our neighbors in need. Working with local community kitchens and food pantries, we operate year-round to provide a continuous stream of produce to help feed the hungry in the Tri-Valley region.

Also in 2018, Fertile GroundWorks educated over 1,200 volunteers in the valuable skill of organic gardening. Our volunteers learn sustainable food production techniques, such as such as bio-intensive gardening, small-scale organic orchardry, soil fertility, composting and water conservation.

To learn more visit www.fertilegroundworks.org, and to donate visit www.chefgivingcommunity.org.