Eagle Heights Farm

The half-acre F.H. King Farm is located in Eagle Heights Community Gardens. The farm is both a space for education and production, and is maintained by the Farm Directors, two garden assistants, a team of interns, and general or specialized volunteers.

The Eagle Heights Community Gardens are located just off the Lakeshore Bike Path, after the main entrance to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Additionally, the Route 80 Bus stops on Eagle Heights Drive, just across the street from the gardens. The main path in the gardens (left at the entrance) leads directly to our plot.

The majority of the land is used for vegetable production and we use organic and cultural methods to restore fertility and manage disease and pests. Although crops planted each year tend to vary depending on the interests of the student directors, a cohesive rotation system is retained.  A diversity of crop species are planted to foster intrigue and integrity. The plot also hosts our compost pile and takes in compost from all over Madison as part of our Full Cycle Freight program.

Further assessment of the land in Eagle Heights reveals the area to be eroded from agriculture in years past.  Heavy silt and some clay layers make certain sections difficult for cultivation. Aquatic weeds from the surrounding lakes, compost, and manure from neighboring farms are used to amend soil properties in crop fields.

 

Anywhere between 4000-5500 lbs of vegetables are produced during the growing season, depending on the crop focus that year.  Nearly all (over 90%) of our produce goes towards Harvest Handouts, a program to distribute high-quality and sustainably grown produce to the UW-Madison community, free of cost. Produce is also donated to other food events on the UW campus.

Looking to come out to the plot? Join our GroupMe here.

If you have questions or comments , please contact the Farm Directors at fhking.garden@gmail.com