Urban agriculture and community gardening are seeing an increase in popularity. Major American cities offer community gardens as a way to encourage a local food system, build community interaction, green neighborhoods, and bring people together. Community gardening is typically organized by nonprofit organizations or local governments, who may own a piece of land that is divided into plots and gardened by a variety of citizens or groups to grow their own food.
Find a Garden
Currently, the City of Fitchburg does not own or operate community gardens. However, community gardens can be found within or near Fitchburg. Look online to find a garden near you. As of 2017, known community gardens serving Fitchburg residents included the following:
All Saints Lutheran Church Gardens (2951 Chapel Valley Rd): 55 plots
Drumlin Gardens (2849 Oregon Rd): 30 plots
Rimrock Gardens, also known as Green Gardens (300 block of Englehart Drive, west of Artesian Lane)
Marlborough Park Gardens (located in the City of Madison just north of Marlborough Park): over 160 plots
Leopold Park (located in Madison on the 2900 block of Traceway Drive, to the right of the playground): 44 plots
Fitchburg Fields Garden (Lacy Rd and Fahey Glen): 4000 sq.ft.
Fitchburg Fields is a nonprofit organization in Fitchburg that offers classes and workshops, hosts harvest dinners and potlucks, and donates produce to local food pantries.
City Hall Community Orchard
In May of 2014, a community orchard was planted at the City Hall campus with the help of the local 4-H Firefly's and Senior Center volunteers. The orchard consists of 12 apple and pear trees that will be cared for by Senior volunteers that have undergone in-house training for fruit tree maintenance. Fruit will be harvested and distributed by the Seniors as well.