Fitchburg Gardens Making a Difference

Two Fitchburg gardens are making a difference for food banks in the Madison area. The Lacy Garden and the Uphoff Garden, located at the corner of Lalor and Murphy Roads, are part of a broader effort to fight hunger in the Dane County area. All produce grown in the gardens is donated to food pantries such as St. Vincent de Paul, Second Harvest Food Bank or Community Action Coalition, which then distribute the produce to other area food pantries. Both of these gardens have been supplying Madison area food pantries for years.

The land for the pantry gardens was donated by Fitchburg farmers Phil and Paul Lacy and Charles Uphoff. The Madison Food Pantry Gardens organization began when volunteers would collect leftover produce from farmer’s markets, to donate to food pantries, and they realized there just wasn’t enough to meet the need.

The two Fitchburg gardens produce anywhere from 31,000 to 42,000 pounds of produce each season. The farms grow winter squash, asparagus, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets, cucumbers, sweet corn and green beans.
Many of the volunteers at the Fitchburg gardens are from church and youth groups, charitable organizations or through school-sponsored community service. Helping to provide food for community members in need is a motivator for some of the volunteers who maintain the garden.

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14th Annual Berbee Derby

Before the turkey… before the pumpkin pie… join us for the 14th Annual Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk, and help to benefit technology education throughout our community. Whether you are a walker, a casual runner, or a serious speed demon, our 5K and 10K courses will give you the healthy workout you need to earn […]

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