Were you wait-listed at the community garden of your choice, or on the fence until recently about getting involved at a community garden? It’s not too late! The gardens below recently reached out to us to say that they still had space available for new gardeners. This list is likely not exhaustive– other gardens may still have plots available. Check the Find a Garden Near You to learn about community gardens throughout Dane County.
**Listings with an asterisk (*) were added after this article was published on 4/17/15.
*Badger Prairie Community Garden (2585 Old County PB, Verona, WI 53593) has 9 plots left. Water is available, volunteers are working on coordinating more compost. If interested, please contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DeForest Community Garden (located in Liberty Land Park) has just a few plots left – both organic and conventional. 20×20 plots. We till and provide water all for only $25/year + a $50 deposit that you get back once your plot is cleaned at the end of the season. Visit our website for more info. Even though the website says the application period has ended, we will accept applications until full.
Hammersley Community Garden (6120 Hammersley Rd., on Madison’s Southwest side) still has full 20’x20′ or half-size plots available! New gardeners can register either by mail or in person at our garden opening/clean-up day: Saturday, April 25 9am-12pm. Please contact the coordinators at email@example.com or by calling Anne Fleck at (608) 217-7372.
*McCormick Community Garden, (at McCormick street dead end, 53704) convenient to the near-east/near-north side of Madison. We have a few ~20’X20′ plots still open: organic, we don’t till for you, water is provided. Contact registrar Molly Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-807-7180.
The McFarland Community Garden (5710 Anthony Street in McFarland) has two wheelchair-accessible, raised bed gardens available for rent this season. They are 4’x8′ raised beds, filled with a soil/compost mix. The raised beds are located close to the street/sidewalk and all tools and water are located nearby. Our garden follows organic practices only. The plot rental fee is between $5 and $32.50 based on family size and income. A grid to assess fee can be provided if interested. Contact: Katie Gletty-Syoen at email@example.com or 608-225-0103
Moorland Garden. 1133 Moorland Rd. (southern Madison, behind the Water Utility Building). 10 plots are available, approx. 20’x20′. No-till garden with water on site. Contact: Suzie Neas (608)239-1829. Suzieneas@gmail.com
Oregon Community Garden (103 N. Alpine Parkway) still has plots available. Plots are 18′ x 18′. Half plots are available and a section of raised bed is available for those who are interested. Plots going to new gardeners will be tilled. Returning gardeners can choose to have their plot tilled each Spring, or not. Organic overall although we have used roundup on thistles from timed to time. Contact person: Barbara Feeney, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.843.2272. We can arrange to have a Spanish-speaking person call anyone who is interested and in need of interpretation.
Reindahl Garden ( East Madison, located at 1818 Portage Road, on the south edge of Reindahl Park) will probably have plots available, registration for returning gardeners closes Tuesday (21 April). We should have plots both in the tilled and no-tilled areas. Plots are 20′ x 20′; water is available on-site, and tools (shovels, wheelbarrows, hoses, etc.) are available for sharing. Open registration for new gardeners is Saturday, 25 April, at Lakeview Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave., from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Contact information: email: email@example.com or call Mark Wetter 608-249-8249 (nights and weekends).
*Waunona Community Garden (5000 block of Raywood Road, in Waunona Park, next to the tennis court) still has 3 open tilled plots (approximately 10×20′) available as of 5/20. If interested, please contact Dan Grupe, 507-250-7930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Wisconsin Heights Community Garden (Corner of Hwys 14 and 78 between Black Earth and Mazomanie) still has plots available. Email email@example.com or check out our Facebook page “Wisconsin Heights Community Garden” and download both the 2015 Registration Form and Garden Guidelines.