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Middleton’s First Community Garden Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee The Beginnings The Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee learned that: Several Middleton residents are currently driving to Madison to garden on community plots

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Middleton’s First Community Garden

Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee


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The Beginnings

  • The Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee learned that:

    • Several Middleton residents are currently driving to Madison to garden on community plots

    • Community Action Coalition has received several inquiries about community gardening opportunities in Middleton

    • In the Parks and Open Space Plan update, every response to the question “What other types of parks would you like to see?” mentioned a community garden


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Why a Community Garden?

  • Provides a nutritional resource and reduces family food budgets

  • Supports neighborhood and community-building opportunities including intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

  • Encourages self-reliance

  • Conserves resources and promotes sustainability

  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education


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Selecting a Site

  • Under-utilized space

  • Public Land

  • Space that is located near multi-family living (apartments, condominiums, and duplexes)

  • Space that is located near lower-income families

  • Space that is near a water supply

  • Space that receives a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day


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Sites Considered

  • The Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee reviewed several sites; including:

    • Highland Way (Bock Forest)

    • Parisi Park

    • Elm Lawn Elementary

    • Orchid Heights

    • Quarry Skate Park

    • Mary St. E-Way

    • Middleton High School

    • Parmenter Circle

    • West of Tiedeman

    • Behind the Library

    • Lakeview Park


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Renter-Occupied Households

Percentage of Renter-Occupied Households in 2000

Middleton, WI


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Families Below Poverty Level

Percentage of Families Living Below the Poverty Level in 2000

Middleton, WI