Hide House Community Garden well under way

I hope to be able to eventually write that HOWTO!

As I wrote about in the latest issue of the Bay View Compass, the Bay View Hide House Community Garden will be the newest community garden in our southside Milwaukee neighborhood. It’s going to be on an empty lot on the grounds of the Hide House, a former animal hide tannery. We’ve got a three year lease on the land from the property owner, General Capital Group. They’re really enthusiastic about and supportive of this project, which helps tremendously.

So far we’ve got twenty-one plots reserved, out of a possible total of 140 plots. Most people are going for the 4×8 foot beds. (They’ll be foot high raised beds.)

With so many people doing specific tasks, I have a very good feeling that this will come together in a very good way. Mad props to Melissa Tashjian, who’s been leading this project. She rocks at this stuff!


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.

2 thoughts on “Hide House Community Garden well under way”

  1. Has the soil been tested for chemical contamination used over the last 100+ years for the various businesses that have resided there? In particular the tannery businesses.

    1. We are building raised beds that will use fresh, clean soil.

      While the developer claims that particular piece of land apparently has never been developed, we’re not going to take the chance that it’s not contaminated. Instead, we will both purchase and make the soil that food will be grown in.

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