Milwaukee Farms and Projects






The Community Food Center

Established 1999 (Previously Will's Roadside Stand)

5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218

 

The Community Food Center on Silver Spring Drive is located in Milwaukee and serves as Growing Power's National Headquarters and Training Facility.  To learn more about our urban farm site, please click here.

 

Merton Rural Farm Site at Camp Whitcomb Mason Boys and Girls Club 

Established 2004

W287 N8677 Center Oak Road, Hartland, WI 53029. 

 

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

Established 2007  

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.

Additional Programs and Projects:

  • Youth Corps  /  In Milwaukee, we provide year-round gardening activities for neighborhood children aged 10-18 years at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.  Teens also work at the urban farm site through multiple service learning opportunities.

  • School Gardens  /   Milwaukee staff assists school gardens at Maple Tree School, Urban Day School and University School of Milwaukee.

  • Community Gardens /   We also help facilitate gardens throughout the city, such as the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center and the Growers of Peace Garden.

  • Just... Good... Food /   We provide sustainably and justly grown food to the greater Milwaukee area through the Farm-to-City Market Basket program and selling produce at Farmer's Markets from June through December. 

  • Food Policy Initiatives /  Check out how we're helping shape Food and Fitness guidelines in Milwaukee.

  • Sysco / Cooperative Farm in Jackson, WI

  

 

Milwaukee Headquarters:  5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218

Tel. 414.527.1546 / Fax 414.527.1908

Chicago Projects Office:  3333 S. Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Tel. 773.376.8882