A Great Day in the Gardens!
CAC Garden Days was a gorgeous day at Troy Community Gardens.  Gardens all across Madison celebrated together on the weekend of September 14-15.  At Troy we had cider making, cooking demonstrations of tasty Hmong food, tours of the land, kid activities and a truly terrific number of door prizes.  For a complete report from organizer Jill Schneider, click here.

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You'll probably enjoy reading our CSA newsletter even if you're not a member of Troy Community Farm.  Our farmers write well, and you can find everything from recipies, to the future of food, to a sneak peek at what it means to be an urban farmer.  You might even increase your vocabulary, adding words like tomato-nado and headuce.

Check out this season's Urban Roots, generally posted Thursday mornings.

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Troy Community Farm Stand is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at Troy Gardens.  Certified organic fresh harvest of a wide variety of vegetables.  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the weekly list of what will be on the stand!

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Join us on Saturday, August 17th at 9 am for an educational PRAIRIE WALK through our prairie at Troy Gardens. Along the way we will learn to identify prairie species and the individual roles they play in the community. We will discuss the important ecological functions of a prairie, what our prairie does for us here at Troy Gardens, and other beautiful prairie restorations across Dane County.

Meet Natural Areas intern Jason Kokkinos at the red sheds within the community gardens (visible from Troy Drive) at 9 am.  We will walk to the prairie together. The walk will be held in case of light rain, but will be cancelled in thunder and lightning. We hope you will join us!

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We have two events planned for Saturday, May 11th:

9:30 am-noon: Garlic Mustard Pull

Please join us Saturday morning for our annual garlic mustard pull led
by Steve Lendved.  Meet by the red sheds at 9:30 am, or find us in the
Maple Woodland anytime between 9:30 am and noon.  We'll meet if it's
raining, but we'll cancel if it's thundering and lightning.

10 am-noon: Fort and Shelter Building Play-Day at Troy Gardens

The Maple Woodland at Troy Gardens contains a fort building area that is designed to help foster creativity and free play in nature.  We will introduce concepts like wilderness survival and shelter building techniques, as well as give children of all ages free time to explore the woods, build, and create.  Meet at the red sheds at 10 am, or find us in the fort building area in the woodland west of the Maple Lane later on.

You might want to consider joining us for both events: parents can help out with the garlic mustard pull for an hour or two while the kids build forts, and kids can learn why we remove invasive species such as garlic mustard.  We probably shouldn't startbuilding forts out of garlic mustard though... But you can take some home for pesto!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

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