The Garver Feed Mill is an iconic turn-of-the-century building on Madison's near East Side that is home to a collection of producers, artisan food makers, wellness studios and hospitality providers.

The Garver Project

Local has a new home.


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Located on Madison's near East Side, nestled behind Olbrich Gardens, the Garver Feed Mill is a multi-faceted destination that features local artisans, producers, wellness studios, and retailers offering visitors everything from coffee to gardening, catering to kombucha.

As Garver moves towards the final stages of completion, the renovated Feed Mill will honor and preserve Madison's rich agricultural and industrial history by re-activating the building as a next-generation food production center and provide visitors with the opportunity to taste the best of Madison. The historic Mill has been transformed into a platform for local food businesses to grow, and in turn, expand Madison's profile as a Midwestern hub of high quality, hand crafted food and drink.

Health and wellness enthusiasts looking to connect with themselves, each other, and the world around them will also find community at Garver Feed Mill through a variety of spiritual and physical wellness offerings from yoga and meditation classes to aromatherapy and spa retreats.

Garver is a foodie and wellness destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, benefitting from the close proximity and future programming with Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich Park. Private and public events will keep Garver bustling throughout the year, bringing people from near and far to "the Soul of Madison" - the vibrant East Side of the City.

A Multi-Faceted Destination

A variety of spaces for a variety of uses.


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Go local with the best food & drinks Madison has to offer!


 

 



History

Over 100 years in the making, the Garver Feed Mill is a true Madison landmark, and one of the few remaining architectural examples of the region's industrial and agricultural heritage.


1906

Bringing Industry to Madison


The Garver Feed Mill has been a Madison icon since its earliest days. Built in 1906, the Mill was originally constructed as a sugar beet processing facility by the Garver Pictured as the US Sugar Co. FactoryUnited States Sugar Company . As the largest factory in the state of Wisconsin, the facility played an essential role in Madison's economic development and emergence as a major industrial center. Designed by the prominent Madison firm of Law, Law and Potter, the building became known throughout the city as the "Sugar Castle" due to its gothic arched windows and Richardsonian turret, which gave the building a palatial appearance. The sugar plant remained in operation until it closed its doors in 1924.

1929

From Sugar Castle to Feed Mill


In 1929, University of Wisconsin - Madison alumnus James Russell Garver purchased the building and surrounding land. Over the next two years, James R. Garver converted the building into a Garver brought new industry to Madisonstate-of-the-art feed mill and granary . For the next sixty-six years, the building operated in that capacity, playing an important role in An Advertisement for Garver's Poultry FeedMadison's agricultural history . In 1997, feed processing was discontinued, and the Mill was purchased by the City of Madison. For the past eighteen years, the structure has stood vacant, waiting to become an essential part of the Madison landscape once more.

2015

A New Chapter for Garver


In 2015, following numerous attempts to find an appropriate use and buyer, the City of Madison reached out to Baum Revision to The Mill will be repaired and restoredpreserve the Mill and re-activate the building & grounds as a hub for Madison's burgeoning local food industry. Today, the Baum Revision team is working on plans to rehabilitate the Mill and repurpose it as a local artisan food production facility - a use that is both historically accurate and remarkably fitting for Madison's bright future as a destination for food producers and foodies alike.

2017

Construction Begins


Madison's historic preservation expert contractors, Bachmann Construction, begin construction on the dilapidated Garver Feed Mill.

2019

Garver's Open House & Ribbon-cutting Ceremony


We're officially open! In celebration of completing the full renovation of the Mill, Garver and the collective tenants produced the very first open house event, kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with visitors and special guests on November 1, 2019.

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A quintessential Madison experience.


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Garver Feed Mill
3241 Garver Green Madison, WI 53704
info@garverfeedmill.com

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