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?

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”

Milwaukee’s urban fish farm makes the Wall Street Journal

It’s encouraging that the effort at Sweet Water Organics seem to be paying off, as the Wall Street Journal is the latest and perhaps most widely-read media body to report on it. Their story ran in today’s issue, which is available online here. It’s been a while since I’ve been inside Sweet Water, but IContinue reading “Milwaukee’s urban fish farm makes the Wall Street Journal”

Hide House Community Garden to be featured on “Lake Effect” radio show

We got word today that our freshly built community garden will be the subject of a feature story on WUWM 89.9-FM’S “Lake Effect” radio show this week! The segment is produced by WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence, who’s covered the Milwaukee urban ag scene for some time now. (Urban ag stories by Ms. Bence abound!)Continue reading “Hide House Community Garden to be featured on “Lake Effect” radio show”

Congrats to Will Allen, one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2010

Heck yeah. Growing Power’s head honcho gets some love. But while Time casts urban ag as a lower class phenomenon found in the inner city, the six raised beds in my back yard, the one in my next door neighbor’s yard are in a very middle class part of Bay View, and the one hundredContinue reading “Congrats to Will Allen, one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2010”

Tomorrow, we turn an empty lot into a huge community garden!

Building 110 garden beds, moving a few gazillion cubic yards of soil, then partying till we fall over? Yes we can! For tomorrow morning, the rain will stop, the clouds will part, and the people of the south side will come together for building the greatest community garden Bay View has ever seen! Eleven palletsContinue reading “Tomorrow, we turn an empty lot into a huge community garden!”

Perch Auction Party at Sweet Water Organics, Wed. Jan. 20th, 5 to 8 p.m.

This is from the most benevolent “Olde” James Godsil, now of Sweet Water Organics. These auction-parties are a lot of fun, even if you don’t buy any fish: Dear All, A great time has been had by all who have attended the first two Sweet Water Perch Auction Party. Good food, Lakefront beer, wine, HowardContinue reading “Perch Auction Party at Sweet Water Organics, Wed. Jan. 20th, 5 to 8 p.m.”

Bay View Community Garden Meeting 6:30PM Tue. Jan. 19 @ Transfer

From the Victory Garden Initiative’s ineffable Bay View mobilizer Melissa Tashjian comes word of the Bay View community garden project, which will be created on the grounds of the Hide House in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. This gardens will be in the currently empty lot that is tucked in the upper-right side of this photograph:Continue reading “Bay View Community Garden Meeting 6:30PM Tue. Jan. 19 @ Transfer”

“Online” farming is just not the same

I’ve seen people at UWM playing this farm game on Facebook on the new kiosk iMacs in the library, even got an invitation or two to play, but promptly ignored them. I don’t have time to waste on this sort of shit when I’ve got important stuff to be doing! The good folks at HomegrownContinue reading ““Online” farming is just not the same”

Mini-greenhouses at the side of the house: why not?

This is a great idea: make simple cold frames or mini-greenhouses along the side of your house. It makes otherwise idle space into possible food-growing space. I’ve been fairly idle on this front lately, what with focusing on my last semester at college. And the cold autumn hampered everything. But having a cold frame overContinue reading “Mini-greenhouses at the side of the house: why not?”