Anderson Park Friends, Inc.

Grit, Growth, and Breaking New Ground

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June 10, 2024
Contact: Roe Parker, APF President
1560 Partridge Hill Drive
Oregon, WI  53575-2568
Cell: 608-354-5283


Anderson Park Friends, Inc. Awarded $340 Grant for APF Pantry Garden - Weed Control

Oregon, WI – June 10, 2024 – Anderson Park Friends, Inc. (APF) is proud to announce the receipt of a $340 grant from the Foundation for Dane County Parks and Dane County Parks. This generous grant will be utilized for the APF Pantry Garden’s weed control efforts, specifically through the purchase and installation of weed fabric mulch for the 2024 growing season.

The APF Pantry Garden, located at Anderson Farm County Park, 805 Union Road, aims to grow fresh produce for low-income families in the Oregon, Belleville, and Verona areas. All fresh produce harvested will be donated to local food pantries, and additional “blemished” produce will be contributed to Little John’s Kitchen.

Last year, volunteers at the pantry garden faced significant challenges due to an infestation of foxtail weeds, which hindered the growth and yield of onions and squash. To combat this, APF plans to use the grant to install environmentally friendly weed fabric mulch, which offers several benefits such as weed suppression, water retention, and soil nutrient conservation. The mulch features pre-cut holes for precise plant spacing, ensuring optimal growth conditions.

Roe Parker, President of Anderson Park Friends, highlighted the advantages of the fabric mulch, stating, "The specific features of the fabric include being customized for squash and peppers, laser cut holes for precision spacing, and its ability to suppress weeds while retaining soil moisture. This safe alternative to chemical herbicides will save hours of labor and improve plant growth."

In addition to the grant, APF will provide a cash match of $85, demonstrating their commitment to this essential project. With the implementation of the weed fabric mulch, APF anticipates a significant improvement in the garden’s productivity, helping to address food insecurity in the local communities.

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for light gardening work. For more information, contact Barbara Hill, Garden Leader at 608-835-9090.

For more information about Anderson Park Friends, Inc., and their initiatives, or to get involved.  Check out our volunteer page.

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Dane County Parks
Joleen Stinson, Director
(608) 422-0657, [email protected], Joleen Stinson, Director


Below is a summary of educational and recreational events scheduled for 2024. Check our calendar page for more information and to R.S.V.P. for a specific event.





Volunteer Picnic


August 27, 2024

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Roe Parker, Catering Business

Community Garden Growers Potluck


August – TBD


Nicholas Leete and KO, Rooted

DCP Parks Volunteer Recognition Event

September 10, 2024

TBD-late PM

Susan Sandford, DCP

Anderson “Barks For Parks”

September 21, 2024

1:00  - 4:00 p.m.

Roe Parker, Susan Sandford, DCP, Karben 4 Brewery, and Business Partner Sponsor

OHS National Honor Society (Prairie Seed Collection)


TBD (Probably October 14th)

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Roe Parker, Adriene Kangas, OHS

Candlelight Walk and Bonfire


November 2, 2024

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Andy Hoernemann, Scout Troops, Oregon Wellness Coalition. Event Open to the Public.

Additional Events

  1. General Workdays: 2nd Saturday of each month, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (914 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575)
  2. Food Pantry Workdays: Each Tuesday, 4/01/24-11/09/24 , 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., (805 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575)
  3. Forest, Prairie, Ames Bluebird Trail, Native Gardens Teams: Ad hoc schedule, (Seasonal)

For more information, call: 608-835-3580.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable non profit organization located in Oregon, WI. All donations are tax deductible.
Photo Credit: Chris Heise, Arbor Systems, Arbor Day, 2023

Volunteer today. Project Priorities: Forest Restoration, Prairies, Native Plant Gardens, Food Pantry Garden, Community Gardens (23)

Blurebird on house

2023 Bluebird Results Are In!

Since 2015, over 500 bluebirds have been fledged by APF.

Here is our 2023 Bluebird Trail Report which we submitted to the Bluebird Association of Wisconsin.

24 Bluebird nest boxes

10 boxes used by bluebirds

71 Bluebird eggs laid

48 Bluebirds hatched

48 Bluebirds fledged

10 Tree Swallows fledged

0 Chickadees fledged

63 House Wrens fledged

9 boxes used by House Sparrows.

APF volunteers cleaned out these houses every week when house sparrow nests were found. Some success for Bluebirds nesting occured after house sparrows were encouraged to find other nests.

Special thanks go out to Cynthia Carlson who monitored half of our houses for the second year. Thank you Cynthia!
Special thanks go out to Sue Eagle who leads the project, plans activities, and maintains our houses.Thank you Sue!

Thank you, everyone, for your membership and interest in our birds.

Dog Park (Link to map:

A 35-acre dog park is accessible (with a permit) from 804 Union Road. The dog park includes areas for large and small dogs. An electrical charging station and a vault toilet are available. An additional features include a 7,000 native plant drainage basin and a 10 tree community orchard.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is an award winning 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization working with the Dane County Parks Division to develop, protect, preserve, and enhance beautiful Anderson Farm County Park. The park is in Phase 1 of the master plan.  Our organization is comprised of over 210 members living in Oregon, Brooklyn, and the surrounding townships-Towns of Oregon, Rutland, and Dunn.

The development of the park has a Master Plan. Click here to read the Master Plan.

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Roe Parker, President
1560 Partridge Hill Drive
Oregon, WI 53575
[email protected]