Do you have a green thumb? Or maybe you’re interested in consuming more locally grown food. We’re taking a look at a few community gardens in Madison and how you can get in on the action.
Crowley Station | 201 S. Hancock St.
Located on top of a Madison Water Utility well platform, the Crowley Station garden is self-proclaimed as “Madison’s only downtown community garden with a view.” The garden site is currently in the process of completing its Lakefront Porch project, which will turn this scenic garden platform into a community gathering space.
Eagle Heights | 3016 Lake Mendota Dr.
The Eagle Heights neighborhood is home to one of the oldest and largest community gardens in the country. Submit your application today to snag a plot that may become available during the growing season.
Troy Farm | 502 Troy Dr.
The annual Troy Farms Plant Sale will take place the next two Saturdays — May 6 and May 13. Stop by to grab locally grown organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Troy Farm and its sister garden, Badger Rock, often host community events like virtual gardening and cooking classes.
Start your own garden
Pantry gardens — Connect with the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens to help stock local food pantries with fresh food.
Edible landscaping — All Madison residents can grow edible harvests on the terrace between the sidewalk + road for the general public to harvest from. Just be sure to follow the city’s permit process before doing so.
School gardens — Educators or community center leaders can reach out to the Wisconsin School Garden Network to learn how to get young ones involved in the wonderful world of gardening.
Plot-based gardens — Above, we listed just three of the 4,000 community garden plots in Dane County, and there’s always room for more. Check out these resources to start your community gardening journey.