Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Community Garden Plots

This has been updated for 2016 and you can see it at this blog post.

You might be out in the parks or nearby and see lots of wooden garden plots like this one at Kadish Park.  It's time to think about filling these plots with seeds and plants for the summer.  There are many plots still available if you'd like to plant your own garden this year.

There are two main places you can contact for information about getting a garden plot, Milwaukee Urban Gardens or the UW Extension Office.

Milwaukee Urban Gardens has plots at the following places:

Concordia Gardens in Harambee, operated in partnership with the Victory Garden Initiative and Transition Milwaukee
E. Concordia Ave. at N. Palmer St.

Village Roots Garden in Bay View, operated by the Bay View Garden and Yard Society
1115 E. Otjen St.

All Peoples’ Garden in Harambee, operated by the All Peoples’ Church
2600 N. Second St.

Cluster Two Grow and Play Lot in Harambee, operated by the Cluster Two Neighborhood Association with Groundwork Milwaukee
3347 N. Third St.

Greenfolks Garden in Riverwest
519 E. Wright St.

Amaranth Garden in Walnut Hill, operated by Amaranth Bakery and Cafe
3319 W. Lisbon Ave.

KRIC Garden in Lincoln Village, operated by Groundwork Milwaukee
2502 S. Fifth Pl.

UW Extension rents out plots or even larger spaces, if you really want to try your hand at microfarming.

Rental Gardens in the City of Milwaukee   

GARDEN 05 – 5TH AND MINERAL16 plots 
Annual rentals 20’ x20’ plots   
GARDEN 18 - 5TH AND ROGERS47 plots
Annual rentals 20’ x20’ plots
Douglas & Sherman – 24 plots 
Annual rentals 20′ x 20′ plots
Annual rentals 20’ x 20’ plots
TGS – TIMMERMAN GARDEN9400 W. Appleton Ave. – 142 plots  
Annual rentals 20’ x 20’ plots 
TOWN OF LAKE COMMUNITY GARDEN6th & Howard Ave. – 80 plots
Annual rentals 20′ x 20′
KHA1 – KOHL FARM MICROFARM8400 W. County Line Rd.
26 microfarms
Equivalent of twelve 30’ x 30’ plots
KHA (L) – KOHL FARM LARGE8400 W. County Line Rd. – 850 plots
Annual rentals 30’ x 30’ 
KHA (S) – KOHL FARM SMALL8400 W. County Line Rd. – 28 plots
Annual rentals 20’ x 20’ 

There is one more amazing place, directly across from Johnsons Park, called Alice's Garden.  This is a community garden, and you are welcome to drop in during the growing season.  They should soon have an updated calendar of summer activities at their website.  You can enjoy the plants, take a class, just hang out and be part of something bigger.

If you need help, take a gardening class with Milwaukee Urban Gardeners:

South Side May 4th 10am-noon in English and EspaƱol at the new Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53215. $2 MUG or UEC members / $4 Non-member. Phone UEC 414-431-2940 for reservations.

And check out the information page for the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center Gardening Programs.  Victory Garden Initiative also has community gardens at Concordia Ave, and another in Bay View.  All of their rentable plots are already gone for the season though.  Whitefish Bay needs help in their community garden, if you'd like to volunteer. 
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