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Welcome to MUG!

Dream. Learn. Plan for your Community Garden in 2014

Feb. 8th [belated] Groundhog Day “Coming Out Party” 

Come out of hiberanation.

GhogSponsored by:

Groundwork Milwaukee’s MUG Program

City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN Program

February 8, 2014     10am-noon

Body and Soul Healing Arts Center                  3617 N 48th St., Milwaukee

  •  Turn in your application for a Seasonal Garden Permit on City land
  • Turn in your Garden Agreement
  • Apply for a hydrant permit

***Find out about the MONEY we are GIVING AWAY for community garden improvements****

  • Hands-on workshops on vermi-composting (composting with worms)
  • Get an update on HOME GR/OWN options for homesteading and securing land for gardening or farming
  • Get the schedule for Groundwork Milwaukee workshops this year including “Grow Your Own Groceries” (beginning gardening,) Managing a Community Garden, cooking, composting, and food preservation


2013 Infrastructure Grants Winners:

  • United Community Gardens
  • Rays of Sunshine Community Gardens
  • Nigella Commons Community Gardens
  • Florence C. Lambert Community Garden
  • Borchert Field C.A.R.E.S. Community Garden
  • 60th & Green Tree Community Garden

With funding provided by the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, we advertised for applications, which were due May 29. We evaluated the applications submitted and selected the above gardens to receive grants this year. Applications came mostly from new gardens wanting basic infrastructure including lumber and soil for beds. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!!



The following retailers are offering 10% discounts on seeds, plants, and garden supplies. Support our supporters!!

Weber’s Greenhouses. 2 locations on the north and west side have most things garden-related your heart desires:  plants, seeds, fertilizers, and garden equipment. Weber’s supports our MUG Bucks and Young Farmers Programs.

Plantland on the south side near the airport. A fabulous array of heirlooms and natives along with a wide variety of standard favorite vegetables, flowers, and ornamentals.

Samara Garden and Home on the northwest side has an enormous variety of beautiful and quirky garden trellises, arbors, planters, ornaments and design ideas. Also an antique shop and consignment store, a fun and fascinating place to visit.


Start Your Own Community Garden

Community Gardens Are An Important Source of Healthy, Fresh Food. They Beautify Neighborhoods and Build Strong Communities.

Interested in getting your neighborhood more involved?

Start an urban garden in your neighborhood today!

Visit the Start a Garden tab and check out our updated 2013 resources to get the ball rolling.

Looking for Spring seed and transplanting guidelines?  Visit our Garden Resources tab under Resources.


NEWS — MUG Now a Program of Groundwork MKE

The boards of directors of two prominent nonprofit organizations announce today that they have completed a merger. Groundwork Milwaukee and Milwaukee Urban Gardens are combining forces to deliver programs and services more efficiently to improve Milwaukee neighborhoods, with a strong emphasis on food, water and jobs.

Read more about Milwaukee Urban Garden’s official merger with Groundwork Milwaukee in our Press Release.


Calling All Milwaukeeans, Garden Lovers, and MUG Enthusiasts Alike

Thanks to our members and supporters, last year was a great success, with community gardens growing almost 25,000 lbs. of food all around Milwaukee. In the new year, all of us here at Milwaukee Urban Gardens look forward to securing more land for neighborhood gardens and continuing to improve the Milwaukee community as a whole, but in order to do that we need your help.

The close of the year is a critical time for MUG, and we ask that you spread a little more Christmas cheer and help support MUG through a membership, donation, or payroll deduction through Community Shares. Or all three!

A yearly membership costs only $25.You will receive discounts on MUG programs and at participating retailers.

*A donation will help us secure more land for more gardens in areas of need in Milwaukee.

*A payroll deduction through your workplace giving campaign can be earmarked for MUG through Community Shares. Talk to your workplace giving people.

Every donation of yours helps keep Milwaukee Urban Gardens strong and running for years to come, ensuring that we continue to provide Milwaukee with a cleaner, greener, and healthier urban environment.

Please Donate Today!


What’s MUG up to?

To see some videos of a couple of our most outstanding gardens, visit the Publications tab under our Resources page.





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