HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by re-purposing City-owned 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 - 20 new orchards and 6 new mini-parks on Milwaukee's North Side.
On April 15th, HOME GR/OWN and its partners were honored to receive the LISC MANDI 2015 Brewers Community Foundation "Best Public Space" Award for Ezekiel Gillespie Park! On May 20th, Gillespie Park and its designers were honored with a 2015 Mayor's Design Award!