Located at our Badger Rock Neighborhood Center in South Madison, Badger Rock Urban Farm is an educational farm that supports healthy food access in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are a City of Madison food access priority area. The farm is managed by Rooted staff and is a learning space for students attending Badger Rock Middle School (BRMS).
As part of their garden class, using organic growing practices, students start produce from seed in a heated greenhouse over the winter, plant out seedlings in two hoop houses and garden beds come spring, and tend the gardens with Rooted staff throughout the school year. In the summer months, former BRMS students, now high school age, return as interns who are paid a stipend for their work, through partnerships with other organizations such as CommonWealth Development and Briarpatch Youth Services. Badger Rock Urban Farm Produce is sold at the Badger Rock Farmstand and at Luna’s Groceries. Proceeds from sales support the middle school garden class.