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The SEED Initiative

The SEED Initiative SEED stands for Sowing, Empowering, and Eliminating Food Deserts. This initiative is bringing community gardening to Milwaukee's most under served areas.

Sowing, Empowering, and Eliminating Food Desserts (SEED) initiative is a resolution passed by the Milwaukee County government to provide funding to create one million square feet of new community garden space in 2016. The goal is to educate, empower and equip Milwaukee County residents to successfully receive access to healthy food in their communities.

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The holiday spirit swept 30+ Clarke Square residents and children from Journey House to a Christmas tree farm in the cou...
12/04/2017

The holiday spirit swept 30+ Clarke Square residents and children from Journey House to a Christmas tree farm in the countryside of Grafton with over 10,000 trees. The lively group selected a grand tree to light up Clarke Square and 4 lucky families were chosen to receive free holiday trees to decorate their homes. Only 1 of the residents had previously visited a Christmas tree farm in their lives.

Photos from Clarke Square Food Systems Initiative's post
08/30/2017

Photos from Clarke Square Food Systems Initiative's post

Free potluck and cooking demo at the Sherman Park Garden this Thursday 7/6 @ 5:30 PM! Thanks to partners Sherman Park Co...
07/01/2017

Free potluck and cooking demo at the Sherman Park Garden this Thursday 7/6 @ 5:30 PM!
Thanks to partners Sherman Park Community Association, Camille Mays, Groundwork Milwaukee, Nick DeMarsh, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, Ryan Schone!

What a beautiful kickoff to a new season at the Native Wellness Garden. The garden is looking better than ever and intro...
06/15/2017

What a beautiful kickoff to a new season at the Native Wellness Garden. The garden is looking better than ever and introducing dozens of Milwaukeeans to sacred learning experiences.
A big thanks to the leadership of Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc., Lotus Bailey, Loren Rendino, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, Ryan Schone, & Dennis Lukaszewski!

Preparing for the future generation of urban farmers in Sherman Park!
06/03/2017

Preparing for the future generation of urban farmers in Sherman Park!

Garden kickoff Bbq in Sherman Park. Many outstanding neighbors gathering to grow good food and great community! Camille ...
06/03/2017

Garden kickoff Bbq in Sherman Park. Many outstanding neighbors gathering to grow good food and great community! Camille MaysGab TaylorDominic Inouye

Sherman Park community gardens kick-off, the Darius Simmons Garden, and the Peace Garden.

Garden BBQ at Sherman Park Garden tomorrow evening! Stop by!
05/31/2017

Garden BBQ at Sherman Park Garden tomorrow evening! Stop by!

Thanks to Camille Mays and Albert Robbins for their work in preparing the garden for a new season!
05/26/2017

Thanks to Camille Mays and Albert Robbins for their work in preparing the garden for a new season!

We enjoyed planting seedlings with the youth, playing veggie trivia, and signing up community gardeners at the Mitchell ...
04/12/2017

We enjoyed planting seedlings with the youth, playing veggie trivia, and signing up community gardeners at the Mitchell Park Domes Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market this past Saturday for last market of the season! We'll be back in 2018!
--With Journey House and Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative

Photos from UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms's post
03/25/2017

Photos from UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms's post

A great community garden is one that grows relationships, nurtures the mind, and heals the body. A nice article in light...
02/08/2017
Journey House Community Garden source of pride for Clarke Square

A great community garden is one that grows relationships, nurtures the mind, and heals the body.
A nice article in light of the garden becoming a finalist for a Award. Possibilities are infinite when dedicated organizations like Journey House, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, and Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative unite to foremost engage residents in cultivating welcome and vibrancy within once-dreaded spaces.

Two women, once strangers, share a poem and artwork inspired by the beauty of flowers and vegetables at Milwaukee County...
12/21/2016

Two women, once strangers, share a poem and artwork inspired by the beauty of flowers and vegetables at Milwaukee County UW-Extension's Kohl Farm - Wisconsin's largest community garden. As the music trio plays interpretively to these works of art, the audience snacks on a meal made from garden ingredients during a cooking demonstration.

We're excited for MCW Community Engagement to embrace ways of supporting these types of healthy and creative events in the Milwaukee community.

Good spaces unite good people with good ideas! Exciting plans for Sherman Park SEED Garden and Agora in 2017!
12/09/2016

Good spaces unite good people with good ideas!
Exciting plans for Sherman Park SEED Garden and Agora in 2017!

We had the pleasure today of plotting goodness with Camille the Peace Garden-er, Ryan the Agora Garden-er, & Bianca of Cry For Help Foundation, Inc.

SEED Gardens will be grateful for the accessible compost generated from this exciting project!
11/08/2016

SEED Gardens will be grateful for the accessible compost generated from this exciting project!

10/18/2016
The Sherman Park Community Garden

The last of The SEED Initiative's video series for 2016, click below to see the Community Garden in action!

This garden would not have been possible without the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Groundwork Milwaukee, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, and UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms. A HUGE thank you to these community partners who believe that can make a difference in our communities.

Filmed and edited by Kelsey Jorissen Photography

Veterans Healing Garden at Kohl Farm (a SEED garden) was featured on CBS. An inspirational video! Thanks to support from...
10/13/2016
A Healing Garden for Local Veterans

Veterans Healing Garden at Kohl Farm (a SEED garden) was featured on CBS. An inspirational video!
Thanks to support from Rodney Pearsall, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, Dennis Lukaszewski

It's ! Now that the growing season is winding down you may have started cleaning up your garden plot. Have you spotted t...
10/11/2016
Powdery Mildew

It's ! Now that the growing season is winding down you may have started cleaning up your garden plot. Have you spotted this white stuff on any of your plants? Click to below to learn what it is and how you can grow healthier plants next season!

http://wimastergardener.org/article/powdery-mildew/

Are you seeing white? Not snow, but fluffy little spots on the leaves of your plants? This is most likely a plant disease called powdery mildew. Caused by a variety of different fungi, powdery mildew affects a number of vegetable, fruit and ornamental plants. Learn more about powdery mildew and what...

It's ! Today we bring you a great before and after of the community garden we put in at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Mi...
10/06/2016

It's ! Today we bring you a great before and after of the community garden we put in at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in .

A HUGE shout out to Groundwork Milwaukee, UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms, and the Boys and Girls Club for helping The SEED Initiative make this garden a reality!

It's ! As we wind down for winter, you might be seeing a lot of this pesky little bug around. Click below to learn every...
10/04/2016
Boxelder Bug, Boisea trivittatus

It's ! As we wind down for winter, you might be seeing a lot of this pesky little bug around. Click below to learn everything you need to know about the box elder bug!

http://wimastergardener.org/article/boxelder-bug-boisea-trivittatus/

Those pesky black and red bugs all over the place! Boxelder bugs are very noticeable in the fall when they congregate before overwintering in buildings. As long as they remain cold, they are inactive, but when warmed a furnace or sunshine, they become active and may crawl into the rooms. To learn mo...

A FABULOUS article in the Milwaukee Independent on  working to decrease ."When you begin to look at the health dispariti...
10/03/2016
Can You Dig This? Black Lens film sparks talk about urban agriculture | The Milwaukee Independent

A FABULOUS article in the Milwaukee Independent on working to decrease .

"When you begin to look at the health disparities within the city of Milwaukee, I would say that it is a necessity for us to invest in urban gardening, educate others on urban gardening, and truly make sure that it flourishes in our communities,” said [Milele] Coggs. “Because it’s a matter not just of our quality of life in general, but whether we live or die.”

Our thoughts exactly. Click below to read on!

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/featured/can-you-dig-this-black-lens-film-sparks-talk-about-urban-agriculture/

Can You Dig This? Black Lens film sparks talk about urban agriculture Posted by Anna Miller | Oct 3, 2016 | Featured | The Milwaukee Film Festival’s Black Lens program screened the film Can You Dig This? and inspired a crucial discussion among local leaders in urban agriculture during the panel that...

For  we bring you the before and after of Cupertino Community Garden in Bay View, Milwaukee! A huge shout out to Marina ...
09/29/2016

For we bring you the before and after of Cupertino Community Garden in Bay View, Milwaukee!

A huge shout out to Marina Dimitrijevic, Joe Walsh, and Antoine C Carter of Groundwork Milwaukee for helping UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms bring this garden to life. The SEED Initiative could not have done it without you!

09/28/2016
Moody Park Community Garden Harvest Festival

On Thursday, September 8th, dozens of gardeners and residents gathered to celebrate Moody Park Community Garden’s 2016 growing season with a Harvest Festival. The evening’s festivities include yard games, grilled food, and a cooking demonstration done by Sarah Faust of the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program - Milwaukee County.

Children and residents got to walk through the community garden and take in the bounty of their hard work over the course of the last three months. Wisconsin Master Gardener Program volunteer, Joanna Beamon attended and responded to other gardeners’ questions, helping them better understand the best time to harvest ripe produce. The cooking demonstration showed the residents and gardeners how they can make a deliciously fresh homemade salsa and summer squash slaw with ingredients straight from their garden.

The Harvest Festival was done in partnership between Milwaukee’s COA Youth and Family Center and
Milwaukee County UW-Extension's The SEED Initiative. Since June 17th when the garden beds were first constructed, the garden has flourished, bringing with it a beautiful place for residents and students to gather and build community.

Filmed and edited by Kelsey Jorissen Photography

This  goes out to all our cat lovers out there! Did you know that catnip is not just for the felines? It can be used as ...
09/27/2016
Catnip, Nepeta cataria

This goes out to all our cat lovers out there! Did you know that catnip is not just for the felines? It can be used as an insect repellent, made into a calming tea, and is incredibly easy to grow. Click below to read on and learn more!



http://wimastergardener.org/article/catnip-nepeta-cataria/

Although a bit weedy because it self-seeds readily, if you have a feline friend, catnip is must-have. This mint family member native to Eurasia contains a compound that is very attractive to most cats. The plant itself can be an attractive addition to the garden, especially when in bloom. Learn mor...

Autumn bliss at the garden on Tuesday Oct. 4th - live music, pumpkin carving. a cooking demonstration and tasty food. Jo...
09/26/2016

Autumn bliss at the garden on Tuesday Oct. 4th - live music, pumpkin carving. a cooking demonstration and tasty food. Join us!!!

09/22/2016
Draw Write Here! Event at Kohl Farm

A few weeks ago artists, veterans, and gardeners gathered at Kohl Farm to participate in Helene Fischman's creative workshop, Draw Write Here. Check out the video below to get a front row seat to the evening!

Special thanks to UW-Extension Community Gardens & Micro-Farms, Milwaukee County UW-Extension, and Helene for making this a wonderful event for The SEED Initiative!

Filmed and edited by Kelsey Jorissen Photography

It's ! Have you heard of the honeyberry? This cold hardy berry is starting to make a comeback and our Wisconsin Master G...
09/20/2016
In My Backyard: Honeyberries

It's ! Have you heard of the honeyberry? This cold hardy berry is starting to make a comeback and our Wisconsin Master Gardener Program has all the details, click below to read on and see if you want to add this delicious fruit to your garden!

http://wimastergardener.org/2016/09/19/in-my-backyard-honeyberries/

Have you heard about honeyberry? Lonicera coerulea var. edulis, also known as haskap or blue honeysuckle, has been in cultivation for several hundred years in Japan and in Eastern Europe since the 1950’s. A potential alternative to acid-loving blueberries, it was introduced in North America in 2000…

Hunger Task Force, Inc. is hosting a Senior Stockbox Drive Thru on Friday, September 21st. Seniors can sign themselves u...
09/19/2016

Hunger Task Force, Inc. is hosting a Senior Stockbox Drive Thru on Friday, September 21st. Seniors can sign themselves up for monthly deliveries and receive a FREE Stockbox. Mark your calendars and bring a friend!

Our Community Partner Hunger Task Force, Inc. is hosting a Senior Stockbox Drive Thru Day on September 21st! Seniors can receive a FREE Stockbox and sign-up for monthly deliveries!

For  we bring you the beautiful Moody Park Community Garden! A huge shout out to our community partners at Amani United,...
09/15/2016

For we bring you the beautiful Moody Park Community Garden! A huge shout out to our community partners at Amani United, Wisconsin Master Gardener Program, and Coa Youth & Family Centers.

It's ! Today we are going to talk all things garlic. Check out this fantastic article from the Wisconsin Master Gardener...
09/13/2016
Garlic, Allium sativum

It's ! Today we are going to talk all things garlic. Check out this fantastic article from the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program and learn everything you need to know about planting, harvesting, and caring for garlic...

http://wimastergardener.org/article/garlic-allium-sativum/

Cultivated for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal uses – and to repel vampires – garlic is a well-known herb in the onion family that produces edible bulbs. Learn more about the many types of garlic and how to grow it, harvest and use it…

Carrot plantings, early flowering mums, and when to harvest acorn squash! Learn all about it at the link below...http://...
09/12/2016
It can be hard to decide when to harvest acorn squash; the trick to perfect timing

Carrot plantings, early flowering mums, and when to harvest acorn squash! Learn all about it at the link below...

http://fox6now.com/2016/09/12/it-can-be-hard-to-decide-when-to-harvest-acorn-squash-the-trick-to-perfect-timing/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

MILWAUKEE — We can check the progress of our current carrot crop and compare the two different ways we planted them. If it seems early for garden mums to be flowering, it’s because it i…

Last night we had a blast at the Moody Park Community Garden Harvest Festival! Between the delicious grilled food, a hom...
09/09/2016

Last night we had a blast at the Moody Park Community Garden Harvest Festival! Between the delicious grilled food, a homemade salsa making demonstration, and yard games - it was the perfect evening!

Thanks to Milwaukee County UW-Extension, Coa Youth and Family Centers, The SEED Initiative, and all those who supported the event!

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