Teaching and Sharing Garden
"A Teaching and Sharing Garden"
Welcome to our Launch Pad Garden, 4000 sq. ft. of fertility at the SE
corner of Lacy Rd. and Fahey Glen in Fitchburg, WI! (Click here for
map.) On this small plot of borrowed land, we are teaching and learning
how to create a local food system in the Madison area. We hope to
"scale up" our experiences when we purchase a 250-acre parcel just 2
miles away – but that will take a lot of help! (Read about our vision,
and see the land that could become a center for sustainable agriculture
and living by clicking here.)
Our volunteers cover a range from experienced organic farmers to
newcomers who have never planted a seed before. A lead volunteer offers
assignments and advice, and people learn by doing. All aspects of
creating this launch pad garden have been done by volunteers: from sod
stripping and rototilling, to growing seeds under lights, to
transplanting, weeding and harvesting the vegetables. We are all
learning as we go, and many are inspired to grow more at home because of
what they are learning here. To volunteer for a shift in the garden,
Sharing the Harvest
The food we grow is mostly given to the Allied Drive Food Pantry, on
Fitchburg's west side. The ethnically and culturally diverse clientele
there appreciate the collards, tomatoes, cilantro, papalo, tomatillos
and more that we deliver once a week. We also provide handouts on each vegetable, with storage,
cooking and serving suggestions.
To learn more about our other educational programs, click here.
The Garden in the News!
Follow this link to see us in action on WKOW TV: Jefferson Award Video