HOME GR/OWN - an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett and the City Environmental Collaboration Office
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).
- Transform targeted neighborhoods by concentrating City and partner resources, catalyzing new, healthy food access and greenspace developments to promote economic development in City neighborhoods and commercial corridors.
- Make it easier to grow and 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 into parks, orchards and healthy green spaces, increasing Milwaukee quality of life.
- Work within Milwaukee's community food system to link local growers to local markets, increase urban food infrastructure (water, access, compost), support new urban farms and increase the number of healthy food retailers and wholesalers.
February 2018: The City of Milwaukee ECO and Walnut Way Conservation Corps have a won a major grant to promote and install solar and stormwater management in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights Neighborhood in 2018. The competitive, national grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) names Walnut Way as one of their new Partners for Resilient Communities. ECO, Walnut Way and stakeholders will work to complete up to 4 solar power installations and at least 1 stormwater management project in Lindsay Heights in 2018. We will also be creating a solar installer job training program for residents of color and working with residents to make Lindsay Heights one of Milwaukee's first ECO Neighborhoods. On February 23, City ECO, Health and HR departments partnered with the Milwaukee Food Council, Springdale Farm and Cream City Farm to celebrate national CSA Day. The event increased awareness of CSAs as another option to increase access to healthy, local food (a HOME GR/OWN & ReFreshMKE stated goal), encouraged local workplaces to become 2018 CSA drop-off locations and kicked off CSA sign-ups for City Hall staff.
January 2018: What if you could pick up a box nearby your house filled with local farmer-fresh produce every week this summer/fall during harvest season? That type of service is called a "CSA", for "community supported agriculture. Numerous area farmers offer a CSA subscription plan each year and the Urban Ecology Center is scheduling a "Know Your Farmer" CSA sign-up event on March 10. HOME GR/OWN and the City Health Department have partnered with the Milwaukee Food Council to promote CSAs in the Milwaukee area this winter. More information to follow but click here for more information on CSAs in general. Looking for fresh, local food now? The Fondy Farmers Market Winter Market is open every Saturday at the Domes from 9am - 1pm.
December 2017: HOME GR/OWN and its Fondy Park partners have been named a Finalist in LISC's 2018 MANDI Awards! Fondy Park and the Riverwest 24 event were named Finalists in the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space category. Winners will be announced in March 2018. In 2015, HOME GR/OWN and its partners' Ezekiel Gillespie Park won the MANDI for "Best Public Space".
January 18, 2017
Harvard's Ash Center Announced Bright Ideas and Semifinalists for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards
Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today more than 60 innovative government programs as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas initiative. This year’s cohort included programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies, and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships — that represented the next horizon in government work to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.
“These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, “small towns and massive cities, huge federal agencies and local school districts, large budgets or no budgets at all — what makes government work best is the drive to do better, and this group proves that drive can be found anywhere.”
This was the fifth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs needed to currently be in operation or in the process of launching, have sufficient operational resources, and be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas were showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.
The Ash Center also announced the 100 programs named as Semifinalists in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards program, which will compete to be named Finalists and will have the chance to be awarded the two $100,000 grand prizes in Cambridge this spring. These programs advanced from a pool of more than 500 applications from all 50 states, and were selected by the Innovations Award evaluators as examples of novel and effective action whose work has had significant impact, and who they believe can be replicated across the country and the world.
The Semifinalist programs represented a cross-section of jurisdictions and policy areas, and embodied one of the most diverse and sophisticated groups that have advanced to this stage in the competition’s 30-year history. They were invited to complete a supplementary application last fall, answering in-depth questions about their work, the process of creating and sustaining their programs, and how they believe they can teach others to do what they do. The Ash Center expected to announce 10 programs that would be named Finalists and be invited to Cambridge to present to the Innovation Awards Program’s National Selection Committee in March, with the grand prizewinners named in June.
Please visit the Government Innovators Network for the full list of Bright Ideas and Semifinalist programs, and for more information regarding the Innovations in American Government Awards.
3RD ANNUAL ECO HOME GR/OWN PUMPKIN PATCH - THIS YEAR AT THE NEW FONDY PARK WITH OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS, MSOE AND FONDY FARMERS MARKET - 200 pumpkins given away to neighborhood families