Logo Contest for McFarland Community Garden

At long last, the McFarland Community Garden will be getting an official SIGN!  But, FIRST, we need a logo for the McFarland Community Garden.  This will be the official “brand” for our garden, and will be used to distinguish our garden on print media, website, and products for purchase (such as t-shirts and water bottles).  We are looking for a creative high school student with graphic design knowledge and experience to create our logo for us.

  • Submissions must be emailed to katiegs@mcfarlandcommunitygarden.com
  • Submissions must be high quality digital files in .jpg or .png formats
  • Design must fit within a circle shape (on our garden sign the image will be 28″ in diameter)
  • Design should be images, not text
  • Design should evoke the mission of the garden, which is to grow healthy food as a community of gardeners (vegetables might feature prominently)

A finalist will be chosen by the McFarland Community Garden Leadership Team, and he/she will receive a $50 gift certificate to the McFarland House Cafe.  The chosen art will then be integrated into our new signage for our whole community to enjoy for years to come.




NEW Gardener Registration OPEN!

Interested in Gardening at the McFarland Community Garden for the 2018 Growing Season?  Registration for NEW gardeners is now open, and available plots will fill on a first come, first served basis.  Full (20’x20′), Half (10’x20′) and Raised Bed (4’x8′) Plots are all available for rent.

Rent includes water, compost, and access to tools and tillers for the season.  Community Gardeners will also have exclusive access to any free or discounted garden products that we can obtain.

To Register:

  • Click on the blue circular icon with the image of two people on the lower right hand part of your screen.  Create your login and password for the site.  EACH gardener for every plot should follow these steps in order to gain access to information on this site.
  • Once you have completed the site registration, a menu item will appear at the top of the screen titled, “Purchase/Renew a Garden Plot.”  Only ONE person from each garden plot needs to complete this step.  You will be asked to fill in your information, identify the appropriate fee for your rental (plot rental is assessed on a sliding fee scale, based on plot size, family size, and income), and read and agree to the statements regarding our guidelines at the garden.
  • The site will automatically forward you to a secure PayPal checkout to then pay your plot rental with your credit card or e-check.  You will receive an email for the receipt for your transaction.
  • Within a couple of days you will receive a welcome email from our Garden Coordinator, with information about our Potluck, Opening Day, plot placement, and supply orders.

2018 Green Thumb Gardening Series

In Spring 2018, classes will be held Thursday evenings,  Feb. 22nd – April 26th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Dane County UW-Extension office. Register for the complete class series at a discounted price ($160.00) or individual classes ($20.00) according to your interests.


Enter the following code while registering: “DaneGardens”. Registration is available here: https://dane.uwex.edu/horticulture/greenthumb/.  Students may register for classes individually or for the entire series at an additional discount.


  • February 22 – Native Plants for Gardens & Pollinators
  • March 1        – Wisconsin Wildlife in the Home Garden
  • March 8        – Vegetable Garden Planning & Techniques
  • March 15      – Vegetable Families, Pests & Diseases
  • March 22      – Garden Landscape Design
  • March 29      – Composting & Soil Composition
  • April 5           – Diseases in the Home Garden
  • April 12         – Growing Berries
  • April 19         – Weeds & Invasive Plant Management
  • April 26         – Annual & Perennial Flowers

How Do I Get a Plot for the 2018 Growing Season?

Even though our garden is currently blanketed in snow, spring will, assuredly, be here soon!  This year we are embarking upon a new journey in Garden Registration, so we humbly ask for your patience and understanding.  Our goal is that within the next few weeks we will have a new ONLINE registration platform open on this website, with fee payment via PayPal.  This will make the process much faster and more convenient for our gardeners and administrators, while also minimizing paper waste.  Sooooo…..once it is up and running, we will invite our current gardeners, who are in good standing, to renew their garden plots.  Once the renewal process has been completed, we will open any remaining plots for NEW GARDENERS.  We are shooting for sometime in March. When we have a firm date for opening registration, we will post notifications on Facebook and on this website.  We will also submit notifications to our local paper, McFarland Thistle, and post flyers throughout town.  So, if you hope to snag a plot this season, keep your eyes peeled!