Address: Madison, Madison WI 53719 / (608) 213-2307
About Us / Bard Family Market Garden History: Bard Family Market Garden is a joint venture by Katrina and Kevan Bard. Kevan has been a vegetable gardener off and on for 20 years and both attended market garden training through the UW-Extension. We reside in Madison, WI, and lease an acre of land just outside the city limits. Our mission is to provide high quality, great-tasting produce to our local community.
What is a Market Garden?
A Market Garden is small yet diverse, typically under 3 acres. Some market gardens sell to more than one local outlet: farmers' markets, restaurants, food co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture. A market garden sells fresh produce; it is often picked the same day and no more than a few days in advance, unlike supermarket produce. Market gardens can offer heirloom and nutrient-dense varieties that do not "work" for large scale producers.
What does it mean for you?
You can have direct connection to your food - you can ask about how it was produced. You help keep food dollars in the local economy. Choosing locally grown produce can be a more sustainable choice.
A system of producing food which is modeled on biological systems that can endure for centuries and remain diverse and productive, such as our Wisconsin healthy wetlands, prairies and forests.
The objective of sustainable agriculture is to achieve all of the following:
Serve human needs for nutritious, uncontaminated food
Preserve environmental quality of air, soil, water and wildlife habitat
Conserve non-renewable and other off-farm inputs such as fuel, fertilizer and other purchased materials
Improve the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole