The mission of Groundwork Milwaukee is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. www.groundworkmke.org
Milwaukee Environmental Consortium
The Milwaukee Environmental Consortium provides communal office space and is a conduit for communal benefits to its members. The member organizations include nonprofit organizations with missions focused on environmental and sustainable development issues. MEC provides an open and welcoming working environment to all environmental groups in the Greater Milwaukee area. http://www.milwaukeeenvironmentalconsortium.org
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by UW-Extension specialists and agents in many aspects of horticulture. In return for their training, Master Gardeners volunteer to help with educational programs in horticulture and a wide variety of community service projects. For more information about the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 414-290-2416 or visit the SEWMG web site.
Horticulture Help Line
Have a yard or garden question? From 9 am to Noon Monday through Wednesday, Milwaukee County residents may call 414-290-2410 to consult our Horticulturists or Master Gardeners. For more answers to your yard and garden questions, visit the Horticulture Help Line web page.
Rent a Garden Plot from the UW Extension
Master Beekeeping & the Urban Apiculture Institute
Milwaukee County UW-Extension & the Urban Apiculture Institute have started Wisconsin’s first Master Beekeeper program. In 2008, we secured a permit for an apiary at the community gardens in Wauwatosa and conducted our first Master Beekeeper class.
The Victory Garden Initiative
The Victory Garden Initiative is a grassroots movement encouraging you, yes you, to move grass, grow food. Victory Gardeners believe there is no better place to grow food, than in your own yard. In your yard you can foster sustainable agriculture, delicious nutrient rich food, a respect for the cycle of life, a healthy outdoor lifestyle, self-sufficiency and frugality by making the decision to grow your food in your own yard.
Other National Resources
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.
Kitchen Gardeners International
is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in Maine, USA with friends from around the world. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food. They have a great education/advice page.
San Francisco Victory Garden
An wonderful example of what a city can do: