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The Atwood Community Gardens are Madison's most visible community gardens. This beautiful edible landscape stretches along a portion of the bike path that runs from the Waubesa Street to Jackson Street and runs parallel to St. Paul.

Download our 2016 Atwood Community Gardens Handbook.

If interested in adding your name to the waiting list, please email Larry Weber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Plots are redistributed from the waiting list on a first-come-first-serve basis as plots become available. On average, there is a three year wait to get a plot.

Gardeners should also read about how to use our water system.

community garden volunteer WEB largeIf you currently are a Atwood Community Gardener, please notice these important dates:

Spring Registration

  • March 11 » Online contract renews will be emailed to gardeners.
  • March 21 » Contract renews are due.
  • Bills will be sent out around April 1.
  • If you would not like to renew your garden plot please contact Larry Weber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 241-0494. Email is preferred.

Due Date for Rental Fees

Rental fees are due Sunday, April 17. The Goodman Community Center will accept payment for the garden plots in cash, check or by credit card. Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Center. Garden plots need to be paid for by Sunday, April 17. Unpaid plots are subject to re-assignment after April 17. If you have any questions about payment or plot fees, please contact Amy Mach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.204.8027.

Annual Garden Meeting » Saturday April 9 at the Goodman Community Center
Spring Cleanup » Saturday, April 23 
Garden Start Date » Please start tending your plot and gardening by May 9. Abandoned/untended plots will be reassigned.
Compost Delivery » Straw will be delivered in late April. An email will be sent out once the date is confirmed.
Straw Delivery » Straw will be delivered around the middle of May. An email will be sent out once the date is confirmed.
Water Turn On » This will likely happen in mid-May. Date is determined by the City of Madison.
Annual Harvest Share » Wednesday Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes-Garden meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. All gardeners are welcomed to attend meetings. Please download our February meeting minutes.

For more information on our community garden program, please contact Food Procurement and Processing Manager, Amy Mach, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contacts for Atwood Community Gardens

Garden Resource Chairperson
Contact for any garden issues not assigned to others as specified below.
Annette Nekola
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 249-8956

Plot Monitoring
Allison will lead the plot monitors who will check plots to make sure that they are being used and kept up.
Allison Dungan
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 960-9588  

Registration Coordinator
Larry will take emails (1st choice) and calls from people who want plots at Atwood Community Garden or gardeners who want to give up their plots should notify him. He maintains the waiting list and assigns plots to new people as plots become available.
Larry Weber
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 241-0494

Spring Cleanup Coordinators
Ralph and Steve will lead the cleanup and can assist in hauling waste from plots to pick up areas.
Steve Meyer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 241-0192, 556-0157

Ralph Johnson
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 294-5495

Marsh Hay
Marsh hay/Straw orders will be included in the billing for your plot. Payments are due April 17 along with plot fees.
Ralph Johnson (listed above) will coordinate the delivery on a date to be announced. Volunteers will be needed.

Water Committee & Hoses
Contact with any water system issues.
Volunteers Steve Meyer (listed above) and Sean Size, 577-4127, help keep the water running. 

Harvest Share
Ralph coordinates the annual community garden/food pantry harvest share
Ralph Johnson
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 294-5495

Goodman Community Center Garden Coordinator
Amy coordinates garden sign ups.  Contact Amy with phone, address, email changes. She maintains the master list of gardeners.
Amy Mach
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-8027 

View the current map of the Atwood Community Gardens below or download it here.

atwood garden map May2016 WEB2