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Below are videos of a couple of our most outstanding gardens. Why not help Milwaukee Urban Gardens continue to uplift more Milwaukee-area neighborhoods through positive community gardening experiences? Support M.U.G. and become a member or donate today!

Spotlight on 29th and Burnham’s Pocket Park

Congratulations to the community garden at 29th and Burnham for running as a finalist for the 2013 MANDI Awards for the Brewer’s Community Foundation Public Space Award! The once vacant lot has been revitalized to become a key asset to the neighborhood and Milwaukee community with 8 raised beds, 7 park benches, a rain harvesting system , and more.

Take a look at their Finalist video to learn more!

Congratulations to Grow and Play Lot Community Garden!! 

The Grow and Play Lot in the Harambee neighborhood was a finalist for the 2012 MANDI Awards for the Brewer’s Community Foundation Public Space Award!  The award seeks creation or use of public space that contributes significantly to the overall well-being of the community.  The MANDI awards are sponsored by LISC Milwaukee and seek to acknowledge the community-building aspects involved in urban gardens. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) are “the Oscars of the Community Development World” and recognize efforts to strengthen Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.

The Grow and Play Lot is owned by Milwaukee Urban Gardens and the surrounding neighborhood, and was acquired in 2009. Ground Work Milwaukee worked closely with the neighbors to build the garden. A unique feature of the Grow and Play Lot is the underground cistern created to collect rainwater and a solar panel-powered pump. The installation of the cistern and pump was a partnership of Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Groundwork Milwaukee, and The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) with additional job training in the Milwaukee Community Service Corps.

Meet Kilbourn Garden!

Kilbourn Garden is one of our largest gardens, located at the bend in North Avenue in the Riverwest neighborhood near Kilbourn Park. Milwaukee Urban Gardens holds a five year lease with the city of Milwaukee for this section of the park. Serving as a great asset to the community, Kilbourn Garden features 123 beds and has proved to be an important gathering place within Riverwest. This growing garden has also developed a youth internship program in the summer and was a MANDI finalist in 2011.

See the video below to learn more!


For more info about the garden, or to get involved, contact:

Jan Christensen-  editorjan@gmail.com

Or

Joel Kaatjoel.kaat@VeggieVigor.com

 

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For more detailed information about our gardens, as well as estimates of their annual food production, read our Garden Book:  2011 Garden Book

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