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HOME GR/OWN Projects

2016 Priority Projects:

  • Revamped community garden at Richards & Clarke in Harambee - Site maintenance and "Earth Chair" install in June, 2016
  • New community garden and orchard with Hepatha Lutheran, Safe & Sound & Groundwork MKE - Complete July, 2016
  • Partnering with neighborhood sponsors for further investment & programming at new parks & orchards
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the 20 2015 Partners for Places parks and orchards - Replacement trees planted October, 2016
  • Roll-out of new mobile, solar-powered pump cart for use at new stormwater management cisterns - November, 2016: coming soon!
  • New pocket park at Brady & Holton in 2017
  • Free community fruit tree care classes - Update: First classes began in April
  • Planning for installation of public art in 2017 at Adams Park, Carter Park and Amani Community Orchard
  • Installation of solar power at Cream City Farms - Update: completed June, 2016
  • Cream City Farms  - open for business Summer 2016
  • 2016/2017 North Avenue Greenscaping Project, announced October, 2016

2015 Priority Projects:

  • Development and 2015 construction of new 1.3 acre commercial urban farm at 30th & Brown:  2016: Solar installed, 1st planting, fence work continuesMultiple 2015 aerial videos here
  • (14) new orchard parks and (6) new pocket parks built through Partners for Places grant - Update: 6 parks and 14 orchard parks completed November, 2015
  • Final construction on All People's Church orchard stormwater features - Update: 1,000 gallon cistern & rain garden complete as of June, 2015  Rain garden planted June '16. Aerial video here
  • 2015 Winner of SXSW Eco Places by Design international Design competition - Video of award-winning presentation here

Accomplishments Since 2013 Inception:

  • Ezekiel Gillespie Park constructed summer 2014; named 2015 MANDI finalist, won Mayor's Design Award
  • 2015 Partners for Places initiative - 20 new healthy green spaces on Milwaukee's North Side; winner of SXSW Eco Places by Design design competition
  • New community gardens & orchards on City vacant lots: with partners Neu-Life, Groundwork MKE & Infallible Helping Hands
  • Passage of major revisions to the city's urban agriculture ordinances
  • Aided passage of revised Food Peddler ordinances
  • Major green infrastructure installations at Gillespie Park and All Peoples Orchard
  • Green job creation and job training via steady employment of North Side young adults - "By the neighborhood, for the neighborhood" 
  • Fundraising targets met to date
  • Cream City Farms open summer 2016

There are many other great ideas and potential projects. Please contact us if you have ideas for HOME GR/OWN.

For more details on HOME GR/OWN goals review Milwaukee's sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee.

HOME GR/OWN Partnering in the Community:

  • Representation on Milwaukee Food Council Board of Directors ensures City collaboration with Milwaukee & regional community food organizations.
  • Representation on Cooperative Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition Steering Committee & Initial Board of Directors
  • Coordinating vacant lot rehabilitation efforts with the Mayor Barrett's Strong Neighborhoods Plan & NIDC.
  • Building stronger links between new grower training efforts among local providers.

Top row: (l) new orchard installed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church; (m) Groundwork Green Team crew hired to build 2nd & Nash orchard, along with 6 other orchard parks; (r) Zumba class in Gillespie Park, summer 2015.

Second row:  (l) aerial of tree holes at SET/HACM Cherry Court Community Garden before tree planting; (m) Pumpkin carving at HG-Outpost Pumpkin Patch at Sunshine Park, 10/24/2015; (r) City's 1st RainShed built by UW County Extension - MKE's own open source design by UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning.

Bottom row: (r) Mayor Tom Barrett talking to Walnut Way Blue Skies Landscaping work crew during park construction; (m) 2nd & Nash Nigella Community Orchard; (r) 38th & Clark's Scholars Park from the air. 















Contact Us

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


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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