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An initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office 


NOTE: Tim McCollow, who led the HOME GR/OWN initiative since 2012, retired from the City as of 2/29/20.

For information on HG after 3/1/20, please contact ECO Director Erick Shambarger at during the transition. 

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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 greater opportunity for healthy food access and creating new greenspace developments to promote economic development on commercial corridors and better quality of life in City neighborhoods.
  • Working with local partners, strengthen and expand Milwaukee's local food supply chain from production to food recycling.
  • Foster green job creation, greater natural and pollinator habitat, fight climate change and create more sustainable neighborhoods via new neighborhood green spaces and greener commercial corridors.


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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 2019, HOME GR/OWN is focused on the City Neighborhood Beautification project, Fondy Park - Phase 2, closing out the 2018 ISC grant with Walnut Way, the new pocket park enhancement project with the NML Foundation and renovating Victory over Violence park on MLK Dr/Center St.

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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

Home Grown Eco City of Milwaukee

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


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Home Gr/own Awards

  • 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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