Community gardens provide common ground for people to grow plants, build strong communities, and provide the space needed for a garden. Some benefits of gardening include raising fresh produce and saving money, learning new gardening skills, getting exercise, and unwinding.
Learn about Common Vegetable Pests and Diseases that could be affecting your garden.
Annual UW-Extension Community Garden Plots
2015 Community Garden registration is now open!
- 2015 Community Garden Brochure
- 2015 Community Garden Spanish Brochure
- 2015 Community Garden Guidelines
- 2015 Garden Plot Registration
To apply for a Community Garden plot, fill out the Brochure and Registration, read over and sign the Guidelines, and send with payment to: UW-Extension, 100 W. Walworth St., P.O. Box 1001, Elkhorn, WI 53121.
Individual plots are approximately 10’ x 20’, 20’ x 20’ , 20’ x 30’, and raised beds. All plots will be marked off by garden coordinators. There are 45 garden plots available on a first come, first serve basis.
- Weather permitting, the garden opens around the second weekend in May.
- Tilling will be done prior to the growing season.
- Water is available on site.
- The University of Wisconsin-Extension staff will have programs, demonstrations, and updates to support gardeners throughout the growing season.
- Produce must be harvested and plots cleaned by Saturday, October 25, 2015 (closing date).
2015 Rental Fees:
10’ x 20’ $15.00
20’ x 20’ $25.00
20’ x 30’ $35.00
Raised Bed $10.00
Scholarships are available upon request
- Improve scope of family vegetable production, consumption, and access.
- Expand access of fresh foods for limited-income residents.
- Provide educational programming for youth and adults to increase productivity of gardens, and to enhance awareness of the nutritional benefits of fresh vegetables.
- Donate part of our harvest to local food pantries.
- Provide a venue for outdoors activity for families and individuals with the added advantage of reaping the benefits of fresh vegetables to enhance health.
- Create an area of demonstration gardens for hands-on community horticulture programs.
- Provide garden space for people that may have limited outdoor space.
- Establish a respectful and friendly gardening atmosphere!
Walworth County Food Pantries… Accepting Fresh Garden Produce!
Do you have a zillion zucchini? Tons of tomatoes? More squash than your family can eat? If so, please consider donating your excess produce to local food pantries, where it will be given to families in need. These families will appreciate the extra fruits and vegetables more than you know, and will benefit from the fresh, nutritious food! This list provides information on food pantries that accept fresh produce. If you have questions, please call the phone number listed for each pantry.
|Darien United Methodist Church
15 Park Street, Darien, WI
|Accepts produce at any time, by appointment-please call first. Has refrigerator space for large quantities of produce.|
|St Andrew’s Catholic Church/Delavan Human Concerns
714 Walworth Ave, Delavan WI
|Accepts produce Sat mornings. Prefer before pantry opens—please bring between 6:30 and 8:30 AM. Some refrigerator space available.|
|East Troy Food Pantry
2861 Austin St, East Troy
Tues 7:30-11:00, Thurs 2:30-4:30
|Accepts produce when pantry is open. Prefers early in the morning. Only has refrigerator space for small quantities.|
|Elkhorn Food Pantry
14 West Geneva Street, Elkhorn
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:00 to 11:00
|Accepts produce whenever it is available. Please bring during pantry hours. Some refrigerator space available.|
|Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
United Methodist Church
518 Booth Street, Genoa City
Thurs-9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or by appt
|Lake Geneva Food Pantry
1st Congregational United Church of Christ
715 Wisconsin, Lake Geneva
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:00-11:30
|Accepts produce when pantry is open. Would prefer that it be brought on Mon or Wed, as it is hard to keep fresh over the weekend-limited refrigerator space.|
|Mount Zion Christian Church
2330 Hwy 120, Lake Geneva
Sat- 9 – 11 a.m.
|Accepts produce anytime, has refrigerator space available. Volunteers bag food 2-3 days in advance for distribution, so please consider this when donating produce.|
|WC Resource Center
3252 County Hwy H, Lake Geneva
Wed 1:00-5:00, Sat 10:00-2:00
|Accepts produce during pantry hours. Refrigerator space available for large quantities.|
|Corner Stone Church
1553 Church Street, Lyons
Call for appointment only, 262-763-7559
|Accepts produce, please call to arrange drop off. Refrigerator space available.|
|Sharon Food Pantry
St. Catherine’s Catholic Church
125 Pearl St, Sharon
|Accepts produce on Saturdays while pantry is open.|
|Big Foot Emergency Food Pantry
Immanuel United Church of Christ
11 Fremont St, Walworth
Friday 2:00-4:00, Sat 9:00-11:00
|Accepts produce, please bring to church office Mon-Thurs between 9:00-12:00. Refrigerator space available.|
|Chapel on the Hill
N2440 Ara Glenn Drive, Williams Bay
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
|Accepts produce in small quantities, limited refrigerator space available. Accepts produce that does not need refrigeration (e.g. winter squash) in larger quantities.|
|Whitewater Food Pantry
City Armory, 2nd Floor
146 E. North Street, Whitewater
Wed and Thurs, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
|Accepts produce when pantry is open. Can accept large quantities—lots of refrigerator and freezer space.|