As urban farmers, we pride ourselves on advancing our cause, but, we are not the first by any means. Milwaukee County has been doing this for a long time through its prisoner farm program — which faces the axe if two top County officials get their way. The proposals to shut down the prison farm, the fish hatchery, and the many other county agricultural stations are not new. But, we need your help to keep them from being sacrificed.
I am forwarding a link to this with a bit of vested interest: I am on the board of directors for Milwaukee County First, a new 501(c)4 non-profit organization that is devoted to stopping the decline of Milwaukee County, restoring its assets and services to their former first class status.
Please find out who you can call to oppose this by reading our blog.
As an urban farmer, I know there are few things that bring more peace to the soul than having your hands in the good dirt we have here in Wisconsin. Closing the county prison farm is foolish, to say the least. Just look at the sheer number of people it feeds — and imagine the cost of providing that food from third parties. It’s unthinkable. It must ot happen.