Portage Community Garden Project
The Portage Community Garden officially opened in May 2000. If you are interested in a plot, please contact the UW-Extension Columbia County office. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the Plant a Row for the Hungry.
The garden is located at 812 Silver Lake Drive, next to the Parks Department office in Portage.
For more information, call the UW-Extension Columbia County Office, (608) 742-9682.
Rowan Creek Community Garden, Poynette
Several MGs worked together to bring a community garden to the village of Poynette. The idea for the garden began after the previous year’s MG training, as local trainees looked for a new volunteer project. The village administrator, Dennis Linn, was instrumental in helping obtain the site, village support for water and help from the parks department. From site development to removal of buckthorn, to construction of fences, MGs put many hours into making this garden a success. They recruited community gardeners with articles in the local paper and at the village garage sale event.
Many garden techniques including square foot gardening, raised beds, mulching and composting were utilized for the gardeners to learn from. Gardeners in the “Rowan Creek Community Garden” included family groups, a disabled person (who inspired the construction of a “high-rise bed” to accommodate her wheelchair) and residents of a senior housing complex, who shared their produce with others in their building. MGs who were instrumental in starting the RCCG also organized the Poynette Area Gardening Association to support gardeners of all types.