HOME GR/OWN Projects
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
2015 Priority Projects:
- Development and 2015 construction of new 1.3 acre commercial urban farm at 30th & Brown: Update: Cream City Garden dedicated in June, completing construction Multiple 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
- Creation of the joint City/Milwaukee Food Council Food Poicy Advisory Board
- Final construction on All People's Church orchard stormwater features - Update: 1,000 gallon cistern & rain garden complete as of June, 2015 Aerial video here
- 2015 Winner of SXSW Eco Places by Design international Design competition - Video of award-winning presentation here
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 steering committee to ensure City collaboration.
- Representation on Cooperative Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition Steering Committee
- 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.