About US
"Grow2Give was created as a way to create green space and bring accessible, no-cost produce to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus."
People Behind the plants
Meet our Executive Board

Sydney founded Grow2Give in March 2021 as a way to get involved and give back to the community through her passion of gardening. Outside of G2G, she enjoys hiking, cooking, taking care of her many houseplants, and spending time with her cat, Saoirse!

Vice President

Steven co-founded Grow2Give with Sydney in March 2021. He has always enjoyed gardening and giving back to the community, and saw G2G as the perfect opportunity to do so. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and grilling out for his roommates.

Membership Director

Joey joined Grow2Give as a co-founder and Membership Director in March 2021. He enjoys all things design, marketing, and technology. Within Grow2Give, he combines these passions to expand the organization’s mission to help the campus community!


Holly was ecstatic to join the team and learn about gardening and how to provide organic produce to the community for free. Outside of G2G, Holly enjoys spending time with her dog, Cammie, vermicomposting, cooking, and is always trying new recipes from the co-op.


Colin joined Grow2Give in hopes to get more involved in the community and to meet more people. He is an avid birder and has seen over 380 species in the past decade, as well as co-authored a book! Additionally, he enjoy golfing and spending time outdoors.

Meet our Faculty Advisors


Jennifer Schultz Nelson is a life-long gardener that followed her passion for plants all the way through to earning a Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. She served as a University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator for 12 years where she found she really loved helping people solve gardening problems and discover their own love of gardening. Today she offers that same help and guidance on her blog Grounded and Growing (www.groundedandgrowing.com) and also explores how gardening can be an antidote to hectic modern living. You can also find her teaching HORT 105 Vegetable Gardening at U of I and as a panelist on WILL’s MidAmerican Gardener. Jennifer lives in Monticello with her husband, plus their son and daughter.

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