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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. HOME GR/OWN is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the Office of Environmental Sustainability


  • Work within City government to streamline processes, permitting and ordinances to eliminate potential City obstacles to increasing access to healthy food, new food-based entrepreneurship and vacant lot re-purposing.
  • Work within neighborhoods. HOME GR/OWN concentrates City and partner resources in targeted neighborhoods, in order to catalyze the biggest change.
  • Work within community food systems. HOME GR/OWN is working to link local growers to local markets, and creating new jobs and opportunities.
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Ezekiel Gillespie Park

Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN Initiative pays tribute to the legacy of Ezekiel Gillespie by collaborating with community partners to repurpose vacant land into an attractive and environmentally sustainable park for neighborhood residents. Learn more...

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Coming Soon! FAQ Page

We want to help make repurposing vacant lots and increasing access to healthy, local food as easy as possible, so we've gathered common urban ag FAQs. 

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Current Projects

There is much to be done! See what we've been up to.

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In the News!

Growing Power, Stark Bros and HOME GR/OWN collaborate for a healthier Milwaukee.


Contact Us

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

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 Urban Ag Formal Legislative Amendment

Presentation: Proposed Zoning Updates: April 2014 (Updates found near end of presentation)


 Video created in collaboration with Wisconsin Foodie and Harvest Motion Design.


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