The Garden Committee meets monthly at the Eagle Heights Community Center. The committee, a mixture of student, faculty, staff, alumni, and community gardeners, meet to plan and develop programs and policies that foster the mission of the garden.
Many people, including experienced vegetable gardeners, think that growing fruit is difficult and that they cannot do it themselves. While it is difficult (and requires toxic chemicals) to grow cosmetically perfect fruit like the apples you buy in grocery stores, growing some fruit that you can eat is actually not all that much harder than growing vegetables (and doesn't require toxic chemicals).
To encourage the growing of fruits in Eagle Heights Gardens and Madison, a group of fruit-loving people got together in the winter of 2007 and started what's now known as the Fruit Group. The Fruit Group planted and cared for various fruits in and around Eagle Heights Gardens in 2008 and 2009 and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come. Beginning in the fall of 2010, we also hope to have some fruit to eat!
To get involved with Fruit Group activities, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see pictures of Fruit Group plantings and activities, see: http://picasaweb.google.com/EHCG.fruit
To learn a bit about the fruit already planted in the gardens and to get very basic information on how you might plant and tend for your own fruit, see the following pdf-format documents:
- List of all fruits and fruit varieties planted in the gardens as of Fall 2009
- Tentative plan of Fruit Group activities for 2010
- Currant information sign in the gardens
- Grape information sign in the gardens
- Raspberry information sign in the gardens
- Blueberry information sign in the gardens
- Apple information sign in the gardens
- Pear information sign in the gardens
If you want more detailed information on planting and managing your own fruit, see the "Lawn and Garden" section of the University of Wisconsin Extension Learning Store at http://learningstore.uwex.edu/
St. Vincent De Paul Grow a Row Program
Food pantries and soup kitchens receive many kind donations of canned and boxed foods, but are chronically short of fresh produce. To help meet this need in 2009, a group of Eagle Heights gardeners began participating in the Grow a Row program of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. These gardeners planted extra produce, collected produce from others, and made weekly trips to get the vegetables to the Society. We expect to continue the program in 2010. To learn more and get involved with this good work, please contact the garden committee at: email@example.com