Growing Together, a community garden ministry started in 2006 with eight families has grown to an organization which serves over 200 families who work and share together. In 2015 the self-sustaining gardens produced over 46,000 pounds of produce. The key to this success has been the building of the volunteer team with a motto of “many hands make light work.” Jack Wood is one of the founders of Growing Together, a decade-long community gardening project. Started in 2006 with eight families and a small garden on church property, the organization has now grown into six gardens supporting over 150 families. Many of the families are New Americans and new to our community. In 2015, the Growing Together gardens produced over 45,000 pounds of fresh produce for the families and gardeners. Growing Together has utilized their toolkit to help over a dozen organizations begin their own community gardens. They also help area elementary schools develop gardens and will offer a JR Master Gardener program to youth this summer. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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