News about the New Garden Fund and Fall Garden Leaders Gathering

To: Community Garden Leaders
From:  Nan Fey, City of Madison Community Gardens Committee
Re: New Garden Fund

Dear Community Garden Leaders,

Thank you for your help getting through this challenging growing season without the help of our friends from CAC.  We hope you have found the information provided through the listserves and new website useful, and it’s time to provide an update on the New Garden Fund.

In a memo emailed to Garden Leaders and posted to the Leadership Forum listserv on June 13, 2014 we indicated that no new applications to the New Garden Fund would be accepted in 2014, and that the Transition Working Group would determine where donations of plot fees should be directed this year.  There is news to report on both of these topics:

The Community Gardens Committee, which administers the grant program, has decided to extend the moratorium on applications through 2015 because, without CAC or a successor organization in place yet, we lack the institutional infrastructure to insure that applicants would get the support they need for a successful project.  As a result, no application materials will be made available this fall.

While we regret the need to pause temporarily the granting of funds to new and/or expanding community gardens, it’s important to continue building on our resources. In late June, the Madison Community Foundation kindly agreed to continue holding the funds during this transition period, and to accept donation checks to the account.  As a result, we’d like to ask that you continue donating 10% of your plot fees to the New Garden Fund this year.  Please note the name of your garden on the memo line, make your check out to MCF New Garden Fund and send it to:

Madison Community Foundation
2 Science Court, P.O. Box 5010
Madison, WI 53705

We would also like to invite you to the Fall Garden Leaders Gathering and Potluck Supper to be held on September 30th from 6-8pm at the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street.  Watch the listserves for further details, but please save the date on your calendars now, and plan to join your peers who helped to make this yet another successful season of community gardening in spite of the uncertainty you faced this spring – you deserve a party, and we hope to see you there!

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