The Giving Grove Impact

Sites: 231

Annual Potential Harvest: 2.7 million annual servings

Trees Planted: 4,011

The Giving Grove empowers community leaders to care for the earth and feed their neighbors by establishing neighborhood orchards. These orchards, which produce fruits, nuts, and berries:

Offer Healthy Calories

The average 15-tree Giving Grove orchard produces almost 4,000 pounds of healthy food each year and 74,000 pounds over its lifetime.

Strengthen Community

Neighbors meet neighbors, children connect with nature and the orchard becomes a community gathering place.

Act as Carbon Farm

Orchards improve air quality, enhance soil biology and mitigate storm water runoff.

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Transforming underutilized spaces into community green spaces.

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Schools and Youth

Connecting children to nature and early exposure to healthy food choices.



Bringing health and longevity of life in the outside orchard.


Faith Communities

Challenging others to give abundantly to their community.


Health Facilities

Providing spaces for horticulture therapy by health professionals.



Revitalizing public gathering spaces with free, healthy food access.

EPA Orchard Tools Mini-Grant

Thanks to funding from the EPA Environmental Education program, KCCG is pleased to offer mini-grants to schools, to be used to purchase tools for school orchards.

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

  • K-12 schools who have an existing orchard and regularly engage students in hands-on care of the trees or learning opportunities based in the orchard.
  • Public, private and charter schools are eligible.
  • Schools must have a current membership with KCCG’s Giving Grove program.
  • Schools must also have a current registration in the federal System for Award Management (

For more information, check out the video below and download the application here.

The Giving Grove Staff

Matt Bunch


Email: matt{at}
Phone: 816.931.3877  Ext: 312


Melinda Dillon

Community Engagement Coordinator

Email: melinda{at}
Phone : 816.931.3877 - Ext 303


Kay Thomason

Horticulture Assistant

Email: kay{at}
Phone: 816.931.3877  Ext: 308