I heard from a Green the Grounds supporter about some good news in Madison, WI – the installation of a kitchen garden on the Statehouse grounds. Megan Cain writes:
I work for Community GroundWorks and run our business Madison
co-worker and I (with the help of Senator Fred Risser) successfully pitched a
vegetable garden to the State Capitol Building here in Madison, WI. We
installed the garden this past Tuesday and received a ton of press. Our Capitol Square hosts the largest producers-only farmers market in the nation, so we hope our garden will be a compelling
backdrop for the market.
Congratulations, Megan and co-worker!
Also, I see that Kitchen Gardeners International has moved on from petitioning the White House for a veg garden to petitioning governors to grow food. Here's their chart where you can see whether or not your governor's mansion has a kitchen garden.
Nice, but what else?
I'm always happy to see veg gardens in these public spots but let's not ignore the rest of the landscape, shall we? Don't forget to also check to see if your governor's mansion grounds are managed sustainably. Veg gardens are nice but are they still dumping huge quantities of fertilizer on their lawn? (Probably, and in the springtime, too.) Are they keeping stormwater on site? (Probably not.) You get my drift.