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HOME GROWN Milwaukee Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN finds new uses for City-owned vacant lots - growing & distributing healthy food, park placemaking & catalyzing MKE local food.
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Fresh Coast Guardians
05/02/2020
Fresh Coast Guardians

Fresh Coast Guardians

Many of us have been cooped up in our homes as we collectively ride out the coronavirus pandemic. But the stay-at-home order doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. And for those of us living with kids, getting out in the garden can be a great way to get rid of some energy and exercise their creativity.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers shares some gardening projects for kids of all ages, including installing and painting a rain barrel.
https://www.wuwm.com/post/5-gardening-activities-kids-all-ages#stream/0

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
04/06/2020

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO

The Menominee people have been stewards of the land long before we knew this place as Wisconsin (and certainly long before Earth Day!) The Menominee Nation continues that tradition today with their world class sustainable forestry practices.

#EarthDay2020 #EarthDayEveryday

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
04/01/2020

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, but did you know this international phenomenon started right here in Wisconsin? To celebrate, we'll be sharing fun facts about the history of Earth Day and Wisconsin's Environmental Heroes all month long! 🌿

#EarthDay2020 #Wisconsin

Thank you everyone who came to my retirement party last night. Tomorrow is my last day. And thank you for the wonderful ...
02/28/2020

Thank you everyone who came to my retirement party last night. Tomorrow is my last day. And thank you for the wonderful cards, presents, emails and kind words.

Thank you to all HG partners, funders, mentors, residents, vendors and City staff for your help over the yrs.

Need to reach me, message me!

Tim McCollow

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
02/26/2020
Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO

Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO

‪City of #Milwaukee ECO planning #watercentriccity 💧 Trail highlighting #MKE’s unique #water assets. #MKE #water #freshcoast #ThirdCoast ‬

New posting from last week on the City's Healthy Food Access FundThe following have now been posted on the Fresh Food Ac...
02/24/2020
FreshFoodAccessFund

New posting from last week on the City's Healthy Food Access Fund

The following have now been posted on the Fresh Food Access Fund link https://city.milwaukee.gov/ffaf
1. A clarification statement regarding grant matching
2. The Q&A from both information sessions and received through e-mail (found at the bottom of the page under Frequently asked Questions)

Photo Credit Clockwise from top left: Riverwest Gardeners Market, Guest House of Milwaukee, Richard M. Glaser, Mark Hoffman, Home GR/OWN, Fondy Food Market

Post from Community: Local Farmer Open House
02/24/2020
Post from Community: Local Farmer Open House

Post from Community: Local Farmer Open House

Editor’s note: Our Posts from Community feature is a platform for community announcements and event postings. If you have a post to be considered, send it t

02/12/2020
Julia Fello

#NorthAveRising #LindsayHeightsMKE

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we are celebrating ways people in our community who have & ARE STILL making a difference in #Wisconsin. Learn about Walnut Way's "Health Hub" being built right now in #Milwaukee's #LindsayHeightsNeighborhood Wednesday at 6:50 a.m. on TMJ4 News #BHM #MKE #HealthCare #MentalHealth #SexTrafficking

02/10/2020
02/05/2020
Meet local farmers and shop for a CSA subscription for 2020 at the Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park! A weekly/biweek...
02/04/2020

Meet local farmers and shop for a CSA subscription for 2020 at the Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park!

A weekly/biweekly CSA box of produce delivered by a local farmer to a neighborhood drop-off point is a healthy, easy way to feed your family, discover new foods, eat organic and support struggling local farmers.

02/04/2020

From Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Program Manager:

To all our HOME GR/OWN community partners:

I am writing to announce my retirement from the City of Milwaukee effective March 1, 2020!

After nearly 10 years here, it's time to slow down, travel with Tracy, spend more time with our 4 out of state kids, but continue my community engagement and activism to create a greener, more equitable Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

When we envisioned the City ECO's HOME GR/OWN initiative back in 2012, I don't think any of us could foresee its successes over the years. That success only occurred because we worked together as a team internally in City Hall and we created public/private partnerships that engaged residents and corralled resources - it only happened because of your generous gift of your time or your ideas, resources or funding.

I can never thank enough Mayor Barrett, the Common Council, Sharon Robinson and the amazing, very hard-working Environmental Collaboration Office staff here, past and present: Erick, Elizabeth, Matt, Erin, Amy, Jamie, Matt, Angela, Rose, Nick, Shaiya and all of our interns who supported my work and put up with my quirks.

I often remarked that my job was so enjoyable because I was lucky enough to be surrounded by truly good, dedicated, passionate people making a difference daily, like you.

So, a very sincere thank you to all City Hall co-workers and external partners. Can't thank you all enough.

I will be spending February work time wrapping up as much work on Victory over Violence Park and the City Neighborhood Beautification Initiative 2020 work as I can.

Erick Shambarger, ECO Director, will be the initial point person after March 1. He can be reached at (414) 286-8856 or [email protected].

Tim

Just a sample of rural U.S. Department of Agriculture #Wisconsin efforts to preserve the state #bee population.
01/31/2020

Just a sample of rural U.S. Department of Agriculture #Wisconsin efforts to preserve the state #bee population.

Major #MKE North Side road construction begins on 27th St in a few days.Closure of 27th Street from Fond du Lac Avenue t...
01/31/2020
Ride MCTS | PurpleLine: 27th Street

Major #MKE North Side road construction begins on 27th St in a few days.

Closure of 27th Street from Fond du Lac Avenue to Center Street begins Monday

Long-term closure necessary to safely perform sewer project
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works will conduct an underground sewer project which requires a long-term closure of N. 27th St. from W. Fond du Lac Ave. to W. Center St.

For the safety of drivers and workers a full closure of this portion of N. 27th St. will begin Monday, February 3 and will last until early July.

The signed detour makes use of W. Fond du Lac Ave. and W. Center St. Preliminary work has been underway which prohibited left turns on W. Fond du Lac Ave. to W. Center St. Beginning Monday, left turns will be allowed at that intersection and temporary left turn arrows will be installed.
While signal timing will be adjusted along with signed detours in place, congestion is anticipated. Please allow yourself extra time when traveling through this area.

Please note, the MCTS PurpleLine will be affected by this construction. To view their detour information visit https://www.ridemcts.com/routes-schedules/purpleline.

Find detailed information on schedules & routes of the PurpleLine bus, 27th Street, on Milwaukee County Transit System.

#Healthyfoodaccess, City ECO, Health Department and City Development all working together to bring more #healthyfood opt...
01/28/2020
City gardens, public produce stands ease ‘food desert’ woes

#Healthyfoodaccess,

City ECO, Health Department and City Development all working together to bring more #healthyfood options to #MKE's #fooddesert neighborhoods.

ATLANTA – On his way home, Darnell Eleby paused before boarding the commuter train in Atlanta’s Five Points station and maneuvered his wheelchair...

Vincent High School Agriculture
01/28/2020

Vincent High School Agriculture

Exciting Friday at VHSAS! Governor Tony Evers stopped by the check out the progress of our agriculture program. Last time he visited was as Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. Thank you Governor Evers for joining us!
#vhsagriculture #vincenthighschool. #governorvisits. #agricultureisawesome

Rush! Jan 31, Feb 1 at Madison's Alliant Energy CenterConnect with experienced vegetable growers from Wisconsin, Minneso...
01/27/2020
2020 Organic Vegetable Production Conference

Rush! Jan 31, Feb 1 at Madison's Alliant Energy Center

Connect with experienced vegetable growers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa at this producer-initiated event grounded in farmer-to-farmer skill sharing. Farmer panelists representing small-, mid-, and large-scale operations cover technical production information on several vegetable crops enhanced with detailed handouts and photos.

Management topics include soil test analysis, disease control, and small-scale wholesale. New this year: live demos on how to do a hot water seed treatment, test for soil health, and more!

Registration: The registration fee through January 27th is $150 per person for the full conference and $90 per person for one day.
Interpretation is available in Hmong and Spanish.

Division of Extension

Walnut Way is hiring!
01/27/2020

Walnut Way is hiring!

#dollypartonchallenge #dollypartonmemechallenge#Milwaukee #ecocitymke #pocketparks
01/25/2020

#dollypartonchallenge #dollypartonmemechallenge
#Milwaukee #ecocitymke #pocketparks

MKE Fair Housing Council is hiring!
01/24/2020

MKE Fair Housing Council is hiring!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON CITY OF #MKE FRESH FOOD ACCESS FUNDING!Fresh Food Access Fund The City of Milwaukee is excited to ...
01/23/2020
FreshFoodAccessFund

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON CITY OF #MKE FRESH FOOD ACCESS FUNDING!

Fresh Food Access Fund

The City of Milwaukee is excited to announce a new grant fund focusing on health food access in our communities. The Fresh Food Access Fund (FFAF) provides financial support to activities that increase fresh food access and healthy food choices in underserved communities. FFAF is available to for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aligned with the goal of the fund.

Please see the FFAF program guidelines for eligible programs and projects. All grant materials must be submitted by email: [email protected]. Any additional questions may be made via email at [email protected]. Applications will be posted on January 29, 2020.

Information Sessions*
Two information sessions will be held allowing organizations interested in applying to ask questions and find out more about FFAF objectives, eligibility, funding amounts, the application process and technical assistance.

The first FFAF Information Session will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:00pm in the Finney Community Room at the Washington Park Library located at 2121 N Sherman Blvd.

The second FFAF Information Session will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 10:30am to 12:00pm in the Finney Community Room at the Mitchell Street Library located at 906 W Historic Mitchell St.

*Accommodation Requests
Reasonable accommodations, of an auxiliary aid or service required due to a disability, for a City of Milwaukee event will be provided upon request. Contact the City of Milwaukee ADA Coordinator, 414-286-3475 or [email protected] as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

Deadline
All FAFF grant applications and associated materials are due by February 28th, 2020 by 4:00pm CST. Applications must be submitted via email to the following email address: [email protected]. Applications will not be considered if submitted after the deadline. The Commercial Corridor Team will notify applicants with the final decisions.
Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to common questions will be posted periodically during the RFP process. All questions regarding the application and RFP process should be submitted in writing via e-mail no later than 4 pm CST February 18, 2020. Send questions to [email protected]. Questions initiated after that date and time will not be considered.

Find additional information on the City of Milwaukee's FFAF website.

Photo Credit Clockwise from top left: Riverwest Gardeners Market, Guest House of Milwaukee, Richard M. Glaser, Mark Hoffman, Home GR/OWN, Fondy Food Market

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