La Crosse’s Community Victory Gardens will come back this year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse’s Community Victory Gardens will be back this spring after organizers say last year was successful in growing vegetables and providing healthy and safe opportunities for neighbors to work together.

The gardens rely on volunteers to plant, weed, water, and harvest. Updates about scheduled volunteer days and what’s ripe and ready to be picked will be posted regularly at and on social media. The gardens are located at:

Each garden will have scheduled work and harvest days, but anyone may stop by to pick some vegetables for a meal or two. Signs at each garden will let people know what’s ready to pick and how to contact coordinators.

“We hope these neighborhood gardens can help more people have easier access to fresh vegetables,” said Cathy Van Maren, garden coordinator. “Along with the school gardens and the Kane Street Community garden, they’re another way for us to help each other out.”

The Kane Street Community Garden, Kane and St. Cloud Streets, has started planting. It’s open Mondays through Saturdays. Get more details at:

The Aptiv Victory Garden, 3000 South Avenue, will start planting at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 23, (If pouring rain, then April 30). Coordinators: Sue Dillenbeck and Cathy Van Maren. Call or text 608-315-2693.

The Hogan Victory Garden, 19th and Mississippi Streets, will start planting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1. Coordinators: Linda Lee and Sue Bulk, .

The City Hall Victory Garden will start planting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1. Coordinators: Carolyn Dvorak and Alysa Remsburg, .

Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring and wear a mask. Masks will be available at the gardens.