Anderson Farm Center-Irrigation System Donation

The Anderson Farm Center is a new concept connected to the 300-acre Anderson Farm County Park. The Park is located at 914 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. The farm center is located at 805 Union Road.  Anderson Park Friends is partnering with Dane County Parks and UW-Extension, Oregon Food Pantry, and Rooted (a nonprofit specializing in small-scale agriculture). 

Approximately 70 acres of farmland is identified in the master plan for a market garden farm. The current concept of a farm center is focused primarily on approximately 40 acres of farmland west of Union Road. Additional land on the east side of Union Road is also designated for future agricultural activities.

The center concept and configuration include three major components: 1) 22 community gardens (.25 acres each). This project supports 17 Hmong families and local growers so they can have access to land and support multiple families. The 2nd component is the food pantry garden (.5 acres) which is affiliated with the Madison Area Food Pantry Garden network. The APF food pantry garden supports three pantries: Oregon, Belleville, and Verona.

The third component will support 5-12 local small-scale agriculture businesses that will lease land for an extended period.

An agricultural well was installed in May 2021 and is ready for use. 

An irrigation system is needed for the current 12 acres in use. The system will be expanded in a second phase for market growers and will include an additional 28 acres. The total project cost, including installation, is $18,533 and will benefit the community and food pantry gardens. The APF 2021-2022 share (goal) is $4,634.

Each dollar you donate will be matched by $3 from another donor.

Our goal is to install an underground irrigation system and supply water to each plot of land by April 1, 2022. The life expectancy of the system is 20 years.

Goals for the 2023-2025 period include leasing land to growers (private businesses), building a food packing structure, and a tool shed.



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