Spreading the urban gardening idea in Milwaukee

Via email today:

“Hey! The garden at Herman St is doing well, [the tenants
who tend to it are enthused. Hope you’re well.”

While I had no involvement with running the garden, I can say that I gave the impetus (and a little free labor) to the property owner to get it started. Consider also that a neighbor was so inspired by the building of our raised beds that she and her daughter built one for themselves. We’re going to build a few more in the coming weeks, and this year or next I’ll be helping a buddy in Cudahy build some for his family. Growing food is addictive in the best of ways.

In other urban ag news, I learned today that the north side Fondy Market that provides farm-fresh food to the economically segregated north side has recently secured farmland for its farmers to use. The land is not in Milwaukee, but is close by none the less. More high-quality food coming into the poorer neighborhoods is a good thing. God knows they don’t need another fast food joint up there. And holy cow, I had no idea it was so big! According to their site, Fondy Market covers 38,000 square feet and is open six days per week, making it the “largest market in the Milwaukee area.” Wow! And bravo!

I know where we’re going next weekend!


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.