The Madison Community Garden was established in 2011 and first offered plots to prospective gardeners in 2012. Currently there are 84 plots, some of which are divided into two half plots. In addition to providing space for household gardens, there are 3 hoop house plots and 3 Master Gardener plots that provide community educational opportunities and produce food which is donated to local food pantries. A tree nursery is also located within the garden and is maintained by the Friends of Madison Shade Trees. The entire garden is surrounded by an animal-resistant fence, receives full sun for most of the day and has water spigots scattered throughout. All gardeners are required to use organic methods for plant cultivation, soil amendment and pest control.
The public is welcome at any time, keeping in mind that Garden rules forbid pets, smoking, or children running along the paths. For a personalized tour, contact us at MadisonNJCommunityGarden@gmail.com with the words “MCG Tour” in the subject line, and one of the Advisory Committee members will be in touch to arrange a tour.
All Madison residents are invited to attend Madison Community Garden events such as the Harvest Festival held at the end of September, which features a variety of dishes created using produce picked from the garden. Contact us at the email above if you would like to be placed on the e-mail list and to be informed of upcoming events.
The Madison Community Garden believes that establishing strong community links is part of our mission. The Garden has been involved in the following community-wide projects: