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Chris Harms


Chris lives in White Bear Lake, MN with his wife, Colleen, and their four children. Chris is active in community and social justice movements and founded Giving Gardens on the belief he could make positive change in his community.


Partners in Service

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf

1884 Whitaker St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 407-5310


Mahtomedi Food Shelf at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church

700 Mahtomedi Avenue, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
(651) 426-3245


Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf

15106 Francesca Ave, Hugo, MN 55038
(651) 528-6224


White Bear Senior Program

Giving Gardens coordinates delivery to this organization. Please contact us for more information.




Rehbein's Black Dirt
Our deepest thanks to Matt Rehbein for the discounted screen and nutrient rich top soil.

seeds & started plants

Hugo Feed Mill
Special thanks to Steve "Dr. Pepper" Mariner for the discounted seeds and started plants.



Structural Wood Corporation
Many thanks to Kurt Schumacher and the team at Structural Wood for the lumber donation, and for hosting our garden bed launch site.

Universal Forestry Products Inc.
Thanks to John Lesher and the team at UFPI for the lumber donation.

JL Schweiter's
Thanks to Jana and the team at JL Schweiters for the lumber donation.


Special Thanks


Abbott Paint and Carpet
Dr. Paul and Mary Anderson

Lee Bailey-Seiler

Judy Bakken

John and Sandy Buyense

Lois Carolan

Shai Cassel

Church of St Pius X

Paula Comstock and Vickie Rein

Bob Djupstrom

Jenny Djupstrom

Doffin Family Eye Care

Christen Donley

Vern Ellingstad

Kelly Farmer

First Presbyterian Church of WBL

Roland Gaalswyk

Galena Law Firm

Judith Gauthier

Nancy Gauthier

Jennifer Harms

Brittney Hassig

Phillip and Kristin Hicks

Paul and Mary Hoff

Hugo Lions Club

Indulge Salon

Joel and Rachel Juen

Pat Kocian

Kirsten Lakso

Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer & Liv Christiansen

Michael and Sylvia Lovett

Sara Catrin Magnusson

Paul Moss and Craig Miller

Alanna Nelson

Parkview United Church of Christ

Ann Marie Peters

Reid and Kelly Plumbo

Premier Bank

Brady Ramsey

Steven Ritt & Tammi Becker

Stephanie Salomonsen

Megan Sigmon-Olsen

Steve and Erin Smilie (Edina Realty)

South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church

Melanie Spies

Thane Hawkins Polar Chevrolet

The Alchemist

Vadnais Heights Lions Club

White Bear Lake Lions Club

White Bear Lake Unitarian Universalist Church

Wildwood Lions Club Foundation




Our 2017 Delivery Launch Team

Kurt Schumacher
Chad Ericson and Stephanie Maki
Denny and Monica Shevik
Katie and Mike Roelofs
Michael Lubke
Pat Kocian
Shannon Pitlick
Sandy and John Buyense
Chris Voeller
Jenny Djupstrom and Family

Steve Tomaszewski

Aimee Kueppers and family/friends

Rolf Lowenberg-Deboer


White Bear Lake Area High School Ambassadors Club

Jada Brown

Eaden Hebert

Cassie Middleton


White Bear Lake Area High School National Honor Society

Becca Montgomery

Sydney Peterson

Annie Langer

Jordan Gobely

Bekah Rockford

Kaylie Rusler