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HOME GR/OWN - an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office  



HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).

  • Transform targeted neighborhoods by concentrating City and partner resources, catalyzing new, healthy food access and greenspace developments to promote economic development in City neighborhoods and commercial corridors.
  • Make it easier to grow and 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 into parks, orchards and healthy green spaces, increasing Milwaukee quality of life.
  • Work within Milwaukee's community food system to link local growers to local markets, increase urban food infrastructure (water, access, compost), support new urban farms and increase the number of healthy food retailers and wholesalers.

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Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN initiative is working to transform neighborhoods. Learn more about us and what we do. HOME GR/OWN In the News.


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In 2018, HOME GR/OWN focused on the 2018/2019 new Neighborhood Beautification project, Fondy Park - Phase 2, the new 2018 ISC grant with Walnut Way and the new pocket park enhancement project with the NML Foundation.

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We can help residents re-purpose vacant lots, grow their own food and increase access to healthy, local food.

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Help HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee create Strong Neighborhoods and create beautiful, sustainable spaces using City-owned vacant lots.

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2019 Neighborhood Beautification Initiative

City of Milwaukee's 2018 - 2020 Neighborhood Beautification Initiative


Fondy Park

See ECO's new Fondy Park that opened 9/16/17

MLK Peace Place 

North Avenue Greenscape

North Avenue 8th to 27th streetscaping 2016/2017

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


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  • 2013 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Finalist
  • 2015 LISC MANDI Award - Gillespie Park
  • 2015 SXSW ECO Place By Design
  • 2015 Mayor's Design Award - Gillespie Park
  • 2017 Harvard Innovations in American Government Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 Mayor's Design Award - Fondy Park
  • 2018 LISC MANDI Award - Fondy Park
  • 2018 RWJ Foundation Culture Of Health Semi-Finalist

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