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HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by re-purposing vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. HOME GR/OWN is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the Office of Environmental Sustainability.


  • Transform targeted neighborhoods by concentrating City and partner resources, catalyzing new, healthy food access and greenspace developments.
  • Make it easier to access local food and re-purpose city-owned vacant lots. We work within City government to streamline processes, permitting, and ordinances, making it easier to grow and distribute healthy food, start new food-based businesses, and improve vacant lots.
  • Work within Milwaukee's community food system to link local growers to local markets, increase urban food infrastructure (water, access, compost), and support new urban farms and healthy food retailers and wholesalers.

Learn more about HOME GR/OWN's 2015 Focus Project: Partners for Places

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Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN initiative is working to transform neighborhoods. Learn more about us and what we do. HOME GR/OWN In the News.


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HOME GR/OWN is working throughout the City on exciting, neighborhood project including the City's new pocket park: Ezekiel Gillespie Park

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We can help residents re-purpose vacant lots and increase access to healthy, local food.

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Engage and Connect

Help HOME GR/OWN MILWAUKEE create Strong Neighborhoods and increase local food.


Contact Us

Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Program Manager
(414) 286-3748

 Connect with Us

See a drone's-eye view of Ezekiel Gillespie Park, which is nominated for a 2015 MANDI Award!


How You Can Help

Funds donated to HOME GR/OWN will be used to support City-owned vacant lot projects which coincide with the following HOME GR/OWN objectives:

  • Increase access to local, healthy food
  • Revitalizing/engaging communities