New Guide to Planting in Yards and Street Terraces Now Available


After several years of painstaking work involving several ordinance changes, the Madison Food Policy Council has finalized an illustrated guide to planting in yards and city-owned street terraces. 

The guide is meant to assist homeowners, renters and others with navigating the city's Terrace Treatment Policy, while also addressing the goals of other recent initiatives around the planting of edible and pollinator-friendly plant species. For example, Madison recently signed the national Mayor's Monarch Pledge and has been designated a Bee City USA. The guide is available online and in hard copy at libraries citywide.

Plantings of many types are allowed in yards and on street terraces. To promote more gardening opportunities, whether it be for food production, pollinator habitat or beautification, the City of Madison has changed its policies to make it easier to grow a range of plants in residential areas. 

June 19-23 is National Pollinator Week. Please share this information widely and help spread the word about this resource.

For more information, contact George Reistad, Madison Food Policy Coordinator, at 608-266-4611 or

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Alder Juliana Bennet

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