About Us

The Gardens Network is a partnership of Community GroundWorks, Dane County UW Extension and the City of Madison. The partnership was formed in 2014 in response to the Community Action Coalition stepping back from decades of successful growth and coordination of community gardens in Dane County. As the model evolved, Community GroundWorks became the lead operations coordinator for the network.

The Gardens Network reaches beyond the core partners to include an array of organizations, garden leaders, systems, municipalities, initiatives, funders, and programs working on community food issues. As the network expands, the participation and scope expands.

In addition to supporting new and existing community gardens and leadership development, the partners also offer supportive programs and services in Dane County.

View the Gardens Network Brochure. Please feel free to print or share!


Community GroundWorks, Inc.

3601 Memorial Dr. Suite 4, Madison, WI 53704
(608) 240-0409

Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthy eating and natural areas restoration. Organized in Madison, Wisconsin in 2001 as The Friends of Troy Gardens, Community GroundWorks serves diverse communities and schools across the region.

Vision: People cooperate to create and sustain healthy communities by growing food and caring for nature within their urban environments.

Mission: Community GroundWorks connects individuals with urban agricultural and natural lands within a diverse learning community.  We grow wholesome and organic food for local tables, steward urban natural areas, inspire healthful eating, and offer hands-on learning opportunities.  By teaching what we practice, we provide the skills to build enduring communities.

City of Madison

Mayor’s Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 403
City-County Building
Madison, WI 53703

Priorities: http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/priorities/

  1. Building neighborhoods: developing a better sense of place and connectivity in all Madison neighborhoods, and;
  2. Food: enhancing Madison’s reputation as a local food Mecca and reducing food insecurity by providing hyper-local spaces for food production, and; (3) racial equity and social justice: through empowering minority, immigrant, and low-income populations through inclusivity, engagement and empowerment.

Dane County UW-Extension

5201 Fen Oak Dr., Ste 138, Madison, WI 53718-8827
Phone: 608-224-3700
Fax: 608-224-3727
TDD: 608-224-3703

Purpose, Vision and Values Statements: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/admin/documents/pvv.pdf