Community Gardens is a gardening area by Park Street. Many cultures garden there. Some Hmong garden there. They grow plants that the other gardeners don’t know of.
Richard Davis has a plot. He grows vegetables there but he also grows other things. The Boys and Girls Club grows things also. Every year they grow red roses for peace.
The purpose of community gardens is to let organic food lovers grow organic food, to let you garden more than you can at your house, and so that people with less money can still garden.
Quann has been around for three years. It has ninety-six plots. It is the second largest community gardens in Madison.
The plots are the patches in which gardeners garden. The plots are twenty-two by twenty feet. Quann tries to provide raised beds for the gardeners with back problems or wheel chair. The community Garden also donates free food to food pantries so that people can have fresh vegetables and fruit.
Garlic, mustard, mint, and artichoke aren’t allowed because they germinate very far and fast and people don’t want other people’s plants to take over their own.
To become a member you must put in six hours of work. Some of that work can include being in a committee. There are committees for many things, for example there was one for actually making the garden which most people who garden here were part of. Those people got two plots.
The Hmong gardens are all close by each other because it makes them feel at home. You see lots of exotic vegetables when you look at a Hmong garden.
The Hmong farmers say they don’t need to weed. The reason is: they come almost every day and watch so carefully none ever come. If a plot gets too weedy, the committee in charge of it leaves a note saying to clear up the weeds.
For people who don’t bring tools, there is a tool shed. Everyone that is part of Community Gardens knows the combination for the lock.
The straw is provided by a committee. The dirt is brought by the truckload and people take what they need. The seeds and such come directly from a farmer. It’s nice that way so they pay her/him directly.
Community Gardens is not just a place to garden. It is a good place to get to know people.