Community Food Centers are local places where people can learn sustainable practices to grow, process, market, and distribute food. The prototype for Community Food Centers, as mentioned in our mission, is the Growing Power facility at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This historic two-acre farm is the last remaining farm and greenhouse operation in the City of Milwaukee. Since 1993, our Community Food Center has provided a wonderful space for hands-on activities, large-scale demonstration projects, and for growing a myriad of plants, vegetables, and herbs. In a space no larger than a small supermarket live some 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, and a livestock inventory of chickens, goats, and bees.
The center offers schools, universities, government agencies, farmers, activists, and community members opportunities to learn from and participate in the development and operation of Community Food Systems.
Growing Power’s rural farm site is adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club’s Camp Whitcomb. This 40-acre parcel of land is where Growing Power hosts our Immigrant Farming Project, our Food and Fitness Initiative with the Greater Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club, and is where we raise pasture poultry and grasses for our various livestock. Currently, five-acres of land is devoted to intensive vegetable production. The remaining acres are devoted to sustainably grown hays, grasses, and legumes.
Maple Tree School and Community Garden
6644 N. 107th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53244
The Growing Power and Maple Tree School and Community Garden provide opportunities for young people to learn the basics of organic agriculture, develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, work with a diverse group of people, and gain valuable life skills that will apply to future social and work experiences. Located in the Millwood Parks Neighborhood, Growing Power is leasing the five-acre plot for 20 years from the City of Milwaukee to develop one of Milwaukee’s first school and community partnership of its kind. Community members, youth, local volunteers including students from University School of Milwaukee, Work Institute of Milwaukee, UWM and Marquette University, installed over a thousand feet of raised garden beds averaging three feet in width. At the end of the summer, 13 community youth received stipends and weekly produce from the garden. Community members and Maple Tree School families also worked at the garden and harvested a variety of greens, such as collards, curly and slick leaf mustards, salad, and turnips on a weekly basis. Growing Power provides training for community members who rent plots for private growing in the community garden section and works closely with the Maple Tree School to support curricular development that incorporates the school subjects while working in the school gardens.
Forest Home Cemetery Greenhouses
2405 W. Forest Home Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
4287 N. Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI 53212
5th Avenue Farm
3949 Addison Lane
Oak Creek, WI 53154
The 5th avenue farm includes 35 hoop-houses, 33 of which are 96 feet long and 2 of which are 60 feet.
Fire Station (Engine Co #5)
313 W. Reservoir Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Site includes 4 hoop-houses that are 48 feet long for year round production.
4th and Walnut
416 W. Walnut St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
This site includes 3 hoop-houses for year-round production each of which are 48 feet long.
4116 W. Silver Spring Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
The Carleton Farm is built on the former asphalt play ground of a closed Milwaukee Public School. The site has 26 hoop-houses for year round production. 20 hoops are 96′ and 6 are 48′ long.
All Peoples Church
2nd & Clarke Ave.
This site includes 3 hoop-houses that are 44 feet long and 20 feet wide.
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