Back To The Land—Thursdays Are “Go-To” Day at Troy Gardens

Troy Gardens aerial 2008

Of course, any day is a good day to visit Troy Gardens, especially in summer. Whether you have a plot in the community gardens, like to take a walk in the natural areas, or are curious to see a five-acre organic urban farm, Troy Gardens is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. This year Community GroundWorks is scheduling lots of activities on Thursday evenings, starting with Troy Community Farm Stand.

Troy Farm CSA Moves to Kids' Garden

The pick-up and farm stand, that is. Troy Farm is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which means you invest in the farm now and receive weekly share of all the vegetables throughout the growing season. We also sell directly at the Farm Stand, open 4-6pm every Thursday through October 23rd. Starting this year, the Farm Stand will be located under the shelter in Troy Kids’ Garden, and the pick-your-own flower bed for CSA members will be located near the greenhouse. The Farm Stand accepts cash only, or your prepaid market share. Details about CSA memberships and the market share option are available on our website at www. communitygroundworks.org.

Stewarding the Prairie

The gorgeous natural lands at Troy Gardens remain that way only with the help of volunteer stewards—and you can become one! On Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm we invite you to work and learn in our Native Tallgrass Prairie. This four-acre prairie, planted in 2003, is the only organically managed prairie in Wisconsin. Because we don’t use chemicals to remove invasive species, we depend on dedicated volunteers to help manage our prairie. Savor the changing face of the prairie through the season; and learn to identify a new prairie plant every week while helping to protect this diverse ecosystem.

And the Herb Garden

If Wednesdays are better for you—or you just want more Troy Gardens in your life—we offer a volunteer steward opportunity in our Herb Garden on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Tasks include weeding, lining paths with branches, and spreading woodchips over the path. This is a great way to learn more about herbs, spend time outdoors and meet new people. Contact Becky at becky@communitygroundworks.org or call 240-0409 if you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering or donating items.

And Gardening for Good

Now in its third year, Gardening for Good meets under the blue-bottle tree in its front-row community garden plot on Thursday evenings at Troy Gardens. G4G is a shared gardening project. Each of the gardeners brings his or her own set of skills and interests, as well as abilities and disabilities. While some of the gardeners use wheelchairs and walkers, and some communicate in ways other than words, all of us enjoy digging in the dirt, harvesting our bounty, and spending time with a community of people that accepts us just as we are. We discover the richness of deep community as we garden, laugh, and sing our way to a bountiful harvest. G4G meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm from May 29 through August 14 (no gathering on July 3rd). Email Rebecca at wearegardeningforgood@yahoo.com if you have questions or would like to join. You can also check out the blog at www.gardeningforgoodmadison.com

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