Anderson Farm Center-Irrigation System Donation
The Anderson Farm Center is a 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 Extension, Oregon Food Pantry, and Rooted (a nonprofit specializing in small-scale agriculture). The food pantry garden is affiliated with the Madison Area Food Pantry Garden network.
Approximately 70 acres of farmland is identified in the master plan for a market farm, farm learning, and interpretation. 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 agricultural activities.
The center concept and configuration includes three major components: 1) 22 community gardens (.25 acres) and 2) one food pantry garden (.5 acres). The third component will be future market growers.
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 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.
The APF food pantry garden supports three pantries: Oregon, Belleville, and Verona.
Our goal is to install the irrigation system by April 1, 2022.
Goals for the 2023-2025 period include leasing land to growers (private businesses), building a food packing structure, and a tool shed.