Tippecanoe Community Garden Build Day is today, April 16 at 1PM

UPDATE: The building has been post-poned until next week Saturday, April 23. The good people at the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church are going to begin building the Tippecanoe Community Garden today at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. According to Katie Knox, who leads the project, “We will reevaluate in the AM whether we will be able to proceed.Continue reading “Tippecanoe Community Garden Build Day is today, April 16 at 1PM”

A record of the blossoming of my passion for urban gardening

I just found this short piece that I wrote this on July 9, 2008, when Stacie and I were living in a rented Bay View flat. Our landlady had very kindly offered to till the minuscule strip of grass running from the house toward the back alley. That, in conjunction with the Village Roots Garden,Continue reading “A record of the blossoming of my passion for urban gardening”

Sept. 10th Beautification Day at the Bay View Hide House Garden

This came in via email a moment ago: Hope all is well!!  I wanted to make sure everyone knew about the major beautification plans that are underway for the Bay View Hide House Community Garden.  Teri, from Arts at Large, has coordinated a phenomenal project between Muneer (fabulous artist that did Walnut Way) and TippieContinue reading “Sept. 10th Beautification Day at the Bay View Hide House Garden”

Work continues on ensuring water access for urban gardens in Milwaukee

The question if if and when Milwaukee Water Works would turn off access to fire hydrants for community gardens has been a very hot topic in Milwaukee’s urban ag scene for some time now. Witness the dozens of people who attended the July 14 meeting (so briefly plugged on here), and subsequent meetings on theContinue reading “Work continues on ensuring water access for urban gardens in Milwaukee”

Water access strategies for community gardens meeting 6pm tonight

The vitals: Water Access Strategies for Community Gardens Meeting 6pm Tonight (Wednesday, August 11th) Independence First 540 S. First St. How will we create sustainable, long term solutions to ensure access to water for urban agriculture? Who pays for water for community gardens? What are the strategies to harvest rainwater for gardens? Wanna help?

Fantastic garden salad with homegrown ingredients

The joys of having a community garden or a home garden are proven to you when you sit down to eat what your garden has produced. That happened for me today at dinner, which had a salad made from ingredients that were grown our own back yard. It had: Two Roma tomatoes Three yellow cherryContinue reading “Fantastic garden salad with homegrown ingredients”

Kansas City, Missouri embraces urban gardening in its Climate Protection Plan

Another draft left over from July or August 2009!) In July 2008, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council adopted an ordinance entitled the Climate Protection Plan, which commits the Missouri side of Kansas City to trying to implement recommendations to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase local food availability.  There is quite a bit about foodContinue reading “Kansas City, Missouri embraces urban gardening in its Climate Protection Plan”

City of Milwaukee officially supports and maintains an urban garden!

(I have no idea why this has sat as an unpublished draft since 14 August 2009. Here it is at last!) As reported on WUWM this morning, Mayor Barrett was on the radio talking up the City’s vegetable gardens this morning. The Ziedler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee, located on Broadway and Kilbourn Avenue justContinue reading “City of Milwaukee officially supports and maintains an urban garden!”

Compass coverage of the community’s quick collaboration

The Bay View Compass has produced some great photos and a very enthusiastic article about our new garden. Thanks to Mike Timm for his fine writing and camera work. You can find the article over here. Bonus points if you can find my daughter in not one but two photographs. She’s even in a third,Continue reading “Compass coverage of the community’s quick collaboration”

Getting ready for the Victory Garden Blitz of 2010

The Blitz is coming! The Blitz is coming! And that’s a very good thing. For it’s the Victory Garden Blitz, which will bring home gardens and good food to the people of our Milwaukee world. Before I get into that, a little digression: I’ve spent the past three days pouring over sets of addresses. makingContinue reading “Getting ready for the Victory Garden Blitz of 2010”