Three more planting beds!

As described here, Stacie made two more beds and planted in those plus another one that had been prepared by a Blitz volunteer this past Saturday. First is our front yard herb garden. Bearing oregano, sage, thyme, and parsley, but no rosemary… Next is our strawberry bed, which is between the front yard and theContinue reading “Three more planting beds!”

We have raised beds!

Thanks to the great work of many volunteers brought together by the Victory Garden Initiative, we now have five 8×4 foot raised planting beds in our back yard! Here’s a quick photo tour. 1) “Before” — the garden area was covered with weeds before work began today. Not pictured: the ten square yards of dirtContinue reading “We have raised beds!”

Victory Garden Initiative comes to Bay View on Saturday May 23

The Victory Garden Blitz is coming! It will be happening all throughout the county, in Shorewood, Riverwest, Tosa, and the northwest and west sides of Milwaukee, as well as our little south side enclave. So what is it? On Memorial Weekend, the Victory Garden Initiative and its many partners will be installing “victory gardens” throughoutContinue reading “Victory Garden Initiative comes to Bay View on Saturday May 23”

“Farmer Dave” on WUWM’s Lake Effect

Pinehold Gardens farm owner and Lake Effect contributor “Farmer Dave” Kozlowski is a regualr guest on WUWM’s show “Lake Effect.” You can listen to the show on the air in the Milwaukee area at 89.7 FM, or anywhere with Internets on the WUWM website. In today’s show, Dave talks about the advantages of stocking yourContinue reading ““Farmer Dave” on WUWM’s Lake Effect”

Food preservation classes at Urban Ecology Center

It turns out that food preservation classes will be taught at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee’s East Side and at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. Both sets of classes are sponsored by the church, the Urban Ecology Center, Braise on the Go Culinary School, Friends of Real Food, and Slow Food WisconsinContinue reading “Food preservation classes at Urban Ecology Center”

Lifehacker: Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

I can’t vouch for the actual amount of potatoes grown through this rig that you can make in your very own yard or balcony, but I bet you dollars to doughnuts that it’s not too far off. Lifehacker: Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet Article from the Seattle Times What IContinue reading “Lifehacker: Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet”

Gardening returns to the White House lawn

Shortly after Barack Obama won election to the presidency, a movement spread across the ‘net calling on the Obama White House to have a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. That idea has been accepted and will soon become reality, according to ABC News. Quoting that story: “In an effort to promote healthy eating,Continue reading “Gardening returns to the White House lawn”

Chickens in Shorewood? It could happen. And that’s a good thing.

There has been a substantial move back towards people growing their own food in recent years, a movement that has certainly spiked with the onset of the Awesome Depression. (h/t Wired.) Part of this is a move to have the ability to keep chickens, or more specifically, hens, in your yard for their eggs.  SinceContinue reading “Chickens in Shorewood? It could happen. And that’s a good thing.”

Will Allen of Growing Power to speak at UT-Austin, Yale

Will Allen of Growing Power, winner of the 2008 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” is off to a great start this year. Here’s a press release from Growing Power: Milwaukee – Feb. 9, 2009 – This will be a busy weekend for Will Allen, founder and CEO of Milwaukee’s Growing Power Inc. On Friday, Feb. 13,Continue reading “Will Allen of Growing Power to speak at UT-Austin, Yale”

Victory gardens springing up in Milwaukee, around the country

Most folks have heard of victory gardens in the context of the First of Second World War. But ever-rising food prices and legitimate concerns about the safety of commercial food has spurred many people in this country and around the world to start victory gardens anew. Up in Shorewood, Wisc., the Victory Garden Initiative isContinue reading “Victory gardens springing up in Milwaukee, around the country”