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Photo of Mayor Barrett and Home GR/OWN breaking ground About Us

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, distribution and recycling; revitalizing Milwaukee commercial corridors and creating new sustainable outdoor community spaces. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).

Read more about HOME GR/OWN In the News.

HOME GR/OWN Works with City Agencies: The HOME GR/OWN initiative internally partners across several City departments to effectively catalyze food system change and improve neighborhood quality of life in Milwaukee neighborhoods. 

  • Office of the Mayor: Coordination with Strong Neighborhoods Plan
  • Department of City Development: City-owned real estate, commercial corridors, North Avenue Hreenscaping program, healthy food access
  • Department of Public Works: Forestry services, food recycling initiatives, commercial corridor streetscaping and lighting, vacant lot maintenance
  • Milwaukee Health Department: Food policy, City Hall CSA program, increasing healthy food access, licensing, and ordinance revisions
  • Department of Neighborhood Services: Permits and ordinance revisions

HOME GR/OWN Works with External Partners: Since 2013, HOME GR/OWN has partnered with community businesses and organizations to help connect the dots between the local food, public health, neighborhood, commercial corridor and economic development work currently taking place. We create new public/private partnerships, catalyzing 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)


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.

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