What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Each person has an individual plot that they plant, nuture, and harvest from to produce local, fresh, healthy food for themselves and their family. The garden works as a whole to keep the space tidy and productive. A community forms between the gardeners that transcends garden boundaries and strengthens the larger community as well.
What makes Crowley Station Community Garden Unique?
Crowley Station is the most centrally located community garden in the downtown neighborhoods of Madison, Wisconsin. The garden is a collection of 20 raised beds on top of the concrete platform that surrounds city well #17. The space also serves as a meeting place and social center for the First Settlement neighborhood. Our beds are smaller than many Madison Community Gardens which makes it the perfect location for new gardeners and busy downtowners.
The construction of the garden was made possible by a generous grant from Madison Water Utility in the spring of 2014.
What do members of the garden do?
Garden members are assigned an individual plot. Throughout the year they plant, care for, and harvest their plots. The harvests from these plots provide fresh produce at a fraction of the cost for gardeners and their families. Members also contribute four volunteer work hours to the whole garden. These are often done during work parties held throughout the year. Members are encouraged to get to know their garden neighbors and create a community with each other.
What is the Educational Plot?
There is one full plot dedicated to educating members and the public of the many joys and benefits of gardening. The Educational Director cares for this plot all year round. This plot is used to help demonstrate different space saving techniques for urban gardens and the basics on caring for vegetables. Harvests from this plot are donated to the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry.
This plot is dedicated to the garden’s first Educational Director, Becky Selleck, who passed away in 2015.
What are the benefits to a Community Garden membership?
- Fresh, Nutritious, Affordable food.
- An excuse to spend time in the fresh air and sunshine.
- Advice and help from neighbors in gardening efforts.
- Opportunity to serve as a Community Leader in the Executive Team