Seed to Feed
Homegrown solutions to local hunger
Our Mission: To establish food security in Elkhart County by providing fresh, local produce and protein to those in need.
Seed to Feed, a program of Church Community Services, works alongside the organization’s food pantry to address food insecurity in Elkhart County. Seed to Feed started in 2011 with two gardens and two cash crop fields, with the goal of providing fresh, local produce to food pantries in the area. In 2017 Seed to Feed shared 138,314 pounds of fresh produce with our pantry guests through our gardens and donations from local farmers.
Throughout Elkhart County, volunteers work diligently every summer to grow produce for the guests who visit our pantry. These gardens are run by churches, motivated individuals, and numerous community organizations. Each garden has its own unique qualities, but generally falls under one of the categories listed below.
Production Gardens: fully collaborate with Seed to Feed to create a garden plan for the purpose of growing produce for food pantries in Elkhart County.
Community Learning Gardens: collaborate with Seed to Feed to create a garden plan for educating our community in the art of growing produce and eating healthy, while also donating excess produce to Seed to Feed.
Partner Gardens: gardens which function as a separate entity by developing their own garden plan and providing their own resources for gardening, but donate excess produce to Seed to Feed.
Interested in starting or joining a garden? Contact our coordinator, Chelsea Risser
To address the need for produce beyond the summer growing season, Seed to Feed invested in a greenhouse. Located on site, we grow produce in raised beds throughout the winter months. We can grow vegetables like lettuce and carrots in the winter because they can tolerate the cold weather. In the spring, we use the greenhouse to grow over 2,000 plant starts for our gardens. We also aim to provide educational opportunities for our pantry guests, inviting them into the greenhouse to learn about the vegetables and help harvest.
Interested in volunteering in the greenhouse? Contact our coordinator, Chelsea Risser
Pigs for the Pantry
The new Pigs for the Pantry initiative is a Seed to Feed project that aims to provide pantry guests with much needed protein in their diets. A donation of $125 will supply 125 lbs of pork, or 665 USDA servings of ground pork, to those in need of protein in our community. To be involved, make checks payable to Church Community Services and note on the memo line “Pigs for the Pantry” OR donate now!
Questions about Seed to Feed? Contact:
Seed to Feed Coordinator, Chelsea Risser 574-295-3673 ext. 122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a tour
Want to learn more about Seed to Feed or Church Community Services? Contact us to set up a tour! (574) 295-3673 ext. 122
Community Learning Gardens
Brady Street Garden
Elkhart General Hospital Garden
Goshen Health Garden
Seeds of Faith Garden
Southgate Crossing Children’s Garden
4-H Fairground Farm
Elkhart Airport Community Garden
Community Corrections Garden
Creekside Church of the Brethren Garden
Elcona Country Club Garden
Graber Farm Garden
Pleasant View Garden
Zion Church Garden