Through partner organization Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens, the CMC oversees .85 acres of land used for growing produce for the food pantry and the meal program. During the growing season, the garden produces enough to provide most, if not all, of the fresh produce needs for both programs. The garden ensures that all who use the food pantry have access to fresh, healthy food which might not otherwise be available to them.
The food pantry garden is managed and sustained by the work of volunteers. Volunteer garden leaders oversee the planning and management of the garden, while volunteers help all growing season long from planting to the last harvest.
All are invited to help in the garden; no previous experience necessary! Volunteers of any age can help out, and individuals, families and service groups are all welcome to volunteer.
Location: 11214 Midtown Rd., Verona, WI 53593 (directions)
Garden name: Emmett Schulte Garden
Growing season: end of April through September/beginning of October
Crops grown: spinach, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, carrots, summer squash, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, and much more
Average annual harvest: 7,500 to 8,500 pounds
What’s it like to volunteer in the garden? Read volunteer stories here!