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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). 


  • To 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.

ReFresh MilwaukeeHOME 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • 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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