Troy Community Farm
We have been growing certified organic food on Madison’s northside since 2001, and we are proud to be the city’s first urban farm. Tucked back in the northeast corner of the Troy Gardens site, Troy Community Farm is five acres of intensive vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We have a tractor for mowing and tilling. All other tasks are done by hand including planting, weeding, mulching, and harvesting. Our farm plan focuses on producing a wide range of delicious, high-quality food for our local community while building soil fertility through cover crops and compost.
The core of the farm is our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA members join in the spring and receive fresh organic produce each week for 21 weeks, beginning in June and ending in late October. Members come to the farm on Thursday evenings to choose and pack their own shares from our farm stand. They can also talk with our farmers, harvest herbs and flowers from the CSA garden, and get a chance to visit with neighbors. Our CSA members are the heart of the farm.
We also sell fresh produce at the Troy Farm Stand. The Farm Stand is located at the front of Troy Gardens on the 500 block of Troy Drive and is open Thursday evenings from 4:00 - 6:30 pm during our regular CSA pick-ups (June through October).
Though only five acres, we have several other interesting ventures at the farm including a year-round sprout business, a wholesale herb business, and we grow and sell bedding plants for home and community gardens in our passive solar greenhouse.
Our Beginning Farmer Training program is also one of the cornerstones of the farm. Each year, we put a lot of time and energy into training the next generation of farmers and local food advocates.