Buried in a story in today’s issue of the Journal Sentinel is word that “two raised garden beds between the Zeidler Municipal Building and [Milwaukee] City Hall” are about to become vegetable gardens:
“The beds, which used to hold flowers, have been made taller to hold richly composted soil to grow vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and salad mix.
“Youths employed by the city will tend the gardens. Some employees are calling it the mayor’s version of the White House vegetable garden, which first lady Michelle Obama is supervising.
“Vegetables from the City Hall garden will be donated to food pantries, Growing Power [our local urban non-profit farm which provided the compost to the city] said.”
I’ll have to ride up there some time and take some pictures. Congratulations to the City for joining the ranks of other cities that have embraced urban farming as a way to benefit the hungry and needy. Karen Herzog has been doing some very good food reporting on urban farming lately, and I do enjoy reading it — which makes sense, given that it’s a passion of mine. (Shame about the token right-winger they have on staff wasting paper… he’d doubtlessly dismiss this is “socialism at its worst.”)