2023 Garden Registration is Open

Spring is right around the corner, so it is time to renew/register for your garden plot at the McFarland Community Garden for the 2023 Growing Season. We utilize Sign Up Genius web platform for registrations and Stripe for online payments. Before you register, make sure you know what your appropriate plot fee is from the sliding fee scale. There are three different levels of fees for each size plot (Full/Half/Raised Bed). Plot fees are based on plot size, household size, and household income.

New gardeners are limited to one half plot (10’x20′) unless they have a lot of experience gardening. Returning gardeners may rent one full plot (20’x20′) per household.
Raised bed gardeners may only rent one raised bed plot per season due to demand.

If the plot fees represent a hardship for your family, we have a Scholarship program to help cover the cost of your plot fees. Please contact Katie Gletty-Syoen at katiegs@gmail.com OR 608-225-0103 for information.

Each transaction is charged a 5% fee plus .50 cents by Sign Up Genius.

If payment by credit/debit card is not accessible to you, arrangements can be made to pay plot fees via check or cash by contacting katiegs@gmail.com or 608-225-0103

Register Now

Plot Fees for 2023

The McFarland Community Garden assesses fees for plot rental with a sliding fee scale based on plot size, household size and household income. This is a standard plot fee sliding scale that has been devised and updated by the Garden Network, which is an organization developed to support community, food pantry and school gardens in Dane County. The Gardens Network is comprised of Dane County UW Extension, City of Madison, and Rooted, a non-profit focused on sustainable food production and education. Plot fees cover your rental for the entire season. Fees help cover costs to run the garden, such as water bills, tool purchase and repair, machinery upkeep and more. There are no paid staff at the garden. All leadership positions are volunteer.

Poop, composted.

We have a lovely 3-bin composting system that was built by volunteers, Billy Ceelen, Ron Dennis, Todd Hubler, Bill Stoneman, and faithful guide, Master Gardener, Ed Meechun.  We were able to re-purpose 7 hardwood pallets, wire, and lengths of rebar.  Bill added some newly purchased coated chicken wire (cannot see in picture below).  The last thing we need to do is screw a reinforcing 2×4 across the top.

Three-bin Composting System made from up-cycled wood pallets.
Three-bin Composting System made from up-cycled wood pallets.

So, all we need is some good compost…

Volunteers contributing a very large load of composted horse manure for the community garden.  Trust me, it makes stuff grow real nice!
Volunteers contributing a very large load of composted horse manure for the community garden. Trust me, it makes stuff grow real nice!

A huge THANK YOU to the folks who have donated the composted horse poop.  And THANK YOU to Sarah Rowe for organizing the transfer of goods.


First Annual Gardener Orientation and Potluck… Success!

Last Sunday, April 7th, the McFarland Community Garden and the United Church of Christ hosted the first annual Gardener Orientation and Potluck.  We had expected perhaps 50 participants, but we were pleasantly surprised by an enthusiastic turnout of OVER 75 folks!!  We enjoyed a bounty of delicious food and made big plans for our community garden.  All photos are courtesy of Holly Ceelen.

Bill Stoneman, the Garden Registrar, kept busy with organizing applications, plot payments, and mulch orders.
Bill Stoneman, the Garden Registrar, kept busy with organizing applications, plot payments, and mulch orders.

Kerri Parker, UCC Pastor, welcomed gardeners and offered a blessing before the meal.

Holly Basford, Autumn Sabo, and Katie Gletty-Syoen.

Keeping Busy in the Kitchen!!


Garden Tool Drive


We are so pleased to announce the “marriage” of McFarland Community Garden and enthusiastic village gardeners.  If you would like to celebrate the union by showering this new gardening family with gifts, you may check out our “Garden Registry” at our local McFarland True Value store.  Ask a sales associate about the McFarland Community Garden wishlist to see all of the items that we need to get growing…

All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!  You can submit your information at purchase to receive a formal receipt to file for a deduction.

McFarland True Value will have a drop box for all donations of new and gently used garden tools for the McFarland Community Garden.

If you have some gently used garden tools at your business or residence and you would like to have them picked up, please contact us at Katiegs@McFarlandCommunityGarden.com.  We would be happy to arrange for pick up that is convenient for you!

Here is a partial list of the materials we are looking for:

Long Handled Shovels


Hand Trowels

Hand Shovels

100′ lengths of 5/8″ Gardening Hose

Hard Garden Rakes

Pitch Fork (2)

Wheelbarrow (2)

Leaf Rakes

Gardening Gloves

Children’s Gardening Tools

Yard Sticks




Show Your Support for the McFarland Community Garden!

As the Spring Rains begin to wash away the snow, hope for a McFarland Community Garden is blossoming!  After months of designs, discussions, research, and negotiations, our “Day in the Sun” may soon arrive 🙂

The McFarland Village Board will be voting on the proposal for the garden this Monday, March 11th at 7pm.  Make your voice heard if you value a community garden space in our village, by attending the meeting, or contacting the Village of McFarland Trustees.

Hands Holding Vegetables

Our Garden Plan is Evolving

The updated garden plan
The updated garden plan

The McFarland Community Garden is growing from a simple seed of an idea that was planted last summer. Even amidst this bitter, snowy winter, beautiful things can GROW!

We have high hopes that we will be able to get our hands in the dirt this Spring 2013.

Here is the plan for our first season:
21 Individual Plots (20′ x 20′)
4 Adaptive Plots (to be constructed during our first season)
Pumpkin Patch for our Harvest Festival
4-H Youth Garden Playground

As soon as we have final approval for the garden, we will be accepting applications for plots…keep checking back for updates!!