Growing Food. Growing Opportunities.
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution and healthy, vibrant new community spaces. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's ECO (formerly Office of Environmental Sustainability).
Read more about HOME GR/OWN In the News.
HOME GR/OWN Works with City Agencies: The HOME GR/OWN initiative coordinates activities by several City departments and agencies to lower implementation costs and streamline City policies across departments in order to effectively catalyze food system change in Milwaukee neighborhoods with the greatest demand for access to healthy food.
- Office of the Mayor: Coordination with Strong Neighborhoods Plan
- Department of City Development: City-owned real estate, site planning, and food policy
- Department of Public Works: Forestry services, composting, lot maintenance
- Milwaukee Healthy Department: Food safety, licensing, and ordinance revisions
- Department of Neighborhood Services: Permits, and ordinance revisions
- Community Development Grants Administration: Support for HOME GR/OWN staffing
HOME GR/OWN Works with External Partners: HOME GR/OWN is working with community businesses and organizations to help connect the dots between local food, health, neighborhood and economic development work currently taking place. HOME GR/OWN seeks to expand the capacity of this community team and attract the financial resources to take our partners’ community-based work to the next level. We are creating new public/private partnerships, catalyzing new hope and real street-level change in our most vulnerable neighborhoods across Milwaukee.
HOME GR/OWN Partners to Date: (For 2015 neighborhood partners, see our Partners for Places page)
Riverworks Development Corporation Operation Dream
Rozga Plumbing Hepatha Lutheran Church
Safe and Sound Allcon Electric
Veolia Water Opti
Fondy Food Center ReciproCITY
ReFresh Milwaukee Goals
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is a Catalytic Project of the City of Milwaukee's ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project promotes cross-cutting sustainability outcomes that mirror goals and targets throughout the City's Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project encompasses multiple Sustainability Plan goals across several themes and will benefit from collaborative and strategic direction-setting and resource investment from the community
Goal: To increase access to and demand for healthy foods in a targeted low-income Milwaukee neighborhood.
Read more about ReFresh Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN goals and strategies HERE.