Baltimore Sun: Mayor plans to turn formal gardens in front of City Hall into vegetable gardens

This is great news! The Sun is reporting that the city of Baltimore is turning some of its pretty but idle flower garden land into a productive food garden.

Where could we have a high-visibility garden in Milwaukee? City Hall certainly won’t work, as there’s no gardens there anyway. Perhaps the former Army Reserve site here in Bay View? What about the former Park East land?

A few people have noted that the Kilbourn Reservoir Victory Garden (no direct relation to the Shorewood-based Victory Garden Initiative) was started today. That’s a very good project for that neighborhood. (Apparently the article on that garden has been the most active article in the Riverwest Currents web site’s history.)

I’m reminded of something I read in today’s Journal Sentinel about the river cleanup that also happened today:

Amid the old shoes and clothes, rusting car parts and dirty bottles that were picked up by volunteers Saturday along the banks of the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park, Colin Brown discovered something in the mud that made him do a double take.

It was a cardboard sign that read: “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”

Back to the Baltimore garden article, it’s worth noting that the food grown in the 2,000 square foot garden will go to feed the city’s hungry. That’s a laudable goal, and in my estimation one of the best uses of public land and resources. Why not use it to feed those who need it?

Also of note in the article is the list of how many places are getting on board with the public garden idea:

“This week, California first lady Maria Shriver announced plans for a vegetable garden at the Statehouse in Sacramento. Citizens in Flint, Mich., are planting a 2-acre vegetable garden in the middle of town. A garden is planned around the Kingston, N.Y., town hall, Doiron said, and the first family of Georgia is discussing an official garden. Maryland’s first lady, Katie O’Malley, is planning a vegetable garden for Government House in Annapolis, too, despite the abundance of shade trees.” [Emphasis added.]

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.