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Old Pallets For Compost WallsMontezon Brothers Worm Condos$85 Plus Delivery!
   
Mentor Bob Graf of Nonviolent WormsKeep Things Moist In Garage Worm Condo City Farms & Generational Collaborations
   
Ernie’s Copper Scupper Belongs at Community SiteRoadside BeautyAndor Horvath Creates Structures for City Farming
   
First Ripe Cherry Tomatoe on Garage Roof Food GardenShorewood H.S. Teacher Ecology Pioneer Eric GietzenMichael Pettit’s Girst Green Bean Harvest
   
Pettit’s SunflowerFirst CarrotBig Carrotts!
   
 
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Democratize Info & Bio Tech Revolutions at “Networked Neighborhood Hub”

Dear Matthew,

For HBS’s files, recently inspired by Manuel Castell’s “Internet Galaxy,”
a grammar of my work since 1998 internet empowerment, i.e. group
e-mails for Friends of Ted Seaver.

New phase in Sweet Water 1.0′s “endless re-configuration” and
“unforseen innovation.” Professor from Milwaukee School of Engineering
and one from UWM School of Architecture, plus other Sweet Water
“partners,” gearing up to transform “God’s Hill City Farm” into one of a
number of intended Networked Neighborhood Hub homes, schools, and
storefront info and bio tech innovation sites.

Submitted this to Great Milwaukee group as possible Mayor Barrett
submission for Bloomberg Mayor Challenge.

Downtown Food Center & Networked Neighborhood Hubs

Grand Avenue Downtown Innovation Food Center and Networked Neighborhood Hubs

Combining internet connectivity for articulation of neighborhood/community/school food projects with downtown location for inter-university consortium on urban ag/nutrition, and mass transit accessibility the Grand Downtown Innovation center would provide

Downtown Bio & Info Tech Innovation Center

Networked Neighborhood Bio & Info Tech Hub


Forwarded message ----------

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Subject: Downtown Food Center & Networked Neighborhood Hubs
To: Brian Schupper <bschupper@gmconline.org>
Cc: Julia Taylor <jtaylor@gmconline.org>, “Dean Amhaus (DAmhaus@TheWaterCouncil.com)” <DAmhaus@thewatercouncil.com>, Steve Glynn <sglynn@gmconline.org>, Leah Fiasca <lfiasca@gmconline.org>, Laurel Osman <losman@gmconline.org>, Scott Jansen <sjansen@gmconline.org>, “Jeremy (Jeremy@artmilwaukee.com)” <Jeremy@artmilwaukee.com>, “Angela Damiani (angela@artmilwaukee.com)” <angela@artmilwaukee.com>, “mpeck@uwm.edu” <mpeck@uwm.edu>

Dear All,

Around 2005 Julia Taylor and Mayor Barrett introduced the concept of an emerging
Milwaukee Renaissance—”on the cusp of a renaissance,” in Julia’s expression.

In March, 2008, MUAN organized a highly successful international urban agriculture
conference at which the head of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, Rocky
Marcoux, proudly proclaimed Milwaukee as the center of American urban agriculture.

In 2011 IBM named Milwaukee a “Smart City Learning to Feed Itself” and exhorted us to
build upon the powerful intellectual and enterprise resources in place to make Milwaukee a leading exporter of intellectual capital, developer of urban agriculture neighborhood practitioners and professionals for our own, the nation’s, and the world’s deep needs around food security and global warming.

In 2012 Dean Lovell commissioned Stan Stojkovic, Dean of School of Social Welfare, to
accelerate an all university applied research consortium around Urban Agriculture and
Nutrition.

Accelerate Milwaukee Renaissance w. Downtown Innovation Center & Networked Neighborhood Hubs

Transitioning from an industrial city to an organic city

This Boomberg grant can go a long way toward accelerating Milwaukee’s promise as the nation’s leading urban agriculture research and development center.

A downtown innovation center that provides hands-on research, modeling, workshops, eco-
tourism sites and that focuses on connecting the center with the existing and emerging neighborhood hubs would be of profound consequence. This networked initiative would be enhanced by the internet and mass transit connectivity the model provides.

Bloomberg Award Supports the Milwaukee Grand Alliance for Comprehensive Food Grid

Harvard Business School is devoting a project for MBA and continuing education for CEO’s focused on the Milwaukee “Eco System” so profoundly advancing vision of Milwaukee as a global hub for fresh water industry. The IBM report called for Milwaukee to create a water focused urban agriculture innovation center and council similar to the Water Council. Dean Garman and Chancellor Lovel are developing cooperative research consortiums to connect our universities with one another, with business, and civil society experiments in food production, water conservation, and other bio-technology innovations.

Neighborhoods would profit from downtown center supporting/connecting:

  • neighborhood food hubs like Walnut Way
  • healthy community food stores and self-reliance/green training, e.g. bike fix up workshops, hoop house construction
  • mobile phone and internet kiosk connecting neighborhoods with other neighborhood hubs and downtown center
  • bus accessible downtown training for neighborhood food captains
  • research, training, and support for fruit and veggie trucks and bikes
  • downtown center, mass transit accessible, becomes gathering place for sharing art, enterprise, and community

building events

Grateful,

Godsil

Blue Green Work Home

It may be that aquaponics “proof of concept” will occur by virtue of the democratization and globalization of small systems at the outset, to provide
the “bench strength” human knowledge and skill base and technology “iteration” required for full fledged commercial scale systems. The aquaponics miniatures
developed could not only refine our ability to grow fish and plants together
in earth friendly systems of small spaces using only 10% of the water required for normal agriculture. They could also provide a field for education in the STEM
disciplines, hands-on skill sets, an elevated “eco mind,” and a healing place for
people with emotional and physical challenges beyond the norm.

Blue Green Work Homes are ready to be co-created, initially as joint ventures
between millennial and boomer partners, aiming to combine complimentary
resources for graceful, productive homes as havens, schools, mini farms, and workshops.

There are tens of thousands of boomers across the Great Lakes Heartland living in homes much larger than their current needs. The “awakened” 10 percent of these boomers would prefer the autumn of their lives to be as productive for addressing issues of social and ecological justice and creating the good city life as possible.

There are tens of thousands of millennials in our region who are spending large sums of money for educational credentials that may not translate into jobs or careers. The “olympians” among this group have sufficient artisinal, agrarian, or other talents and resources to merit compensation of some kind for co-creating a Blue Green Work Home project. That may be in the form of room and board, a percentage of proceeds, or whatever kind of partnership deal deemed appropriate as a start-up meeting of the minds.

Such boomers and millennials, like Godsil and Montezon, are poised to use space in
a city homes for…

Householder Green Tech Experiments

  • Aquaponics miniatures in basements, garages, or rooms
  • Vermiculture, composting, and raised bed food gardens
  • Elder and Student Work Hostel Space
  • Media center and digital learning space
  • Small enterprise development center
  • Eco and Social Enterprise Tourism

Designing Work Home Deals

Having imagined a Blue Green Work Home leads to the design moment. The
parties to the contract will be the principals but their efforts would be greatly
enhanced with the participation of other actors, e.g. Sweet Water Foundation,
Marquette U. Kohler School of Entrepreneurship, MSOE, UWM, Alverno, and
so forth.

Orchestrating Blue Green Work Homes

These orchestrations from visions and designs would be chronicled to provide
a template for replications.

This was a draft of a press release I hoped to inspire with some Chicago investors. It serves as a nice model for an expansion of

 Blue Green Working Homes Replicate, Iterate, Develop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization of urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic miniatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with other possible Chicago partners, which include:

    The Office of the Mayor
    The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
    Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
    The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
    Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
    And others provided upon request 

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative
Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

Invite to Harvest Every Other Carrot and Beat at Gods Hill City Farm

Dear All,

You are invited to harvest every other carrot and every other beat from that section of Gods Hill City Farm.

Those who harvest carrots and/or beats are also welcome to a meals worth of fresh, natural lettuce whose names I know not(I’m just an intern), but whose taste many will vouch for.

Here are some pictures:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godshillcityfarm/HomePage

http://www.nonviolentworm.org/DiaryOfAWorm/20080731-Intense

Send an e-mail to Godsil.james@gmail.com if you are interested.

Rain Day August 2008
Milwaukee Wisconsin
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Peddling Urban Farming Products, Goods, and Services

We hope to offer you the tools you need to become an urban farmer, starting with a 5 year internship, 5 year apprenticeship, 5 year journeymon status, and then, if you’re any good at it, a master urban farmer.

Bob Graf, Andor Horvoth, and Nik Montezan are the first products to be featured.

We have a separate web platform for Erik Lindberg’s family farm on the roof of his Palmer St. Building, just to the south of the Outpost on Capital Dr. Erik, Josh Frandorf, and James Godsil are gearing up to team up as Community Growers over the years.

Introducing Bob Graf’s Non-violent Worm Offerings

Horvath Structures

Montezon Enterprise Worm Condos

Random Photo Offerings

Glorious lettuce with weeds next doorWood chips for compost pileLovely flowers make better fences
   
Rain barrels for wateringPotatoes and historic terracottaFront yard squash
   
Front Yard Cilantro6ft Raspberry BushesShanty Irish Greenhouse
   
Tomatoes and Horvath StructureWhat’s Best Ground Cover Between Plants?Tie Your Ladder to Gutter Strap!
   
Take Care re Weight Issue on Roof Gard’enSmall Pots w. Very Rich SoilFront Yard Transplanted Carrots From Backyard Plot’
   
Backyard Square Foot City FarmGarage Roof Veggie Gardencomments here

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Farm Beginnings Program of Land Stewardship Grows Farmers

http://www.landstewardshipproject.org/farmbeg.html

Launching the Next Generation of Farmers

Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.

Participants engage in a mentorship experience and network with a variety of successful, innovative farmers; attend practical, high quality seminars, field days and conferences; and receive resource materials. They also create links with experienced farmers through farm partnerships, land and equipment use and/or rental.

Farm Beginnings Participants: People & cows in a field

  • Tap the knowledge of some of the most innovative and skilled farmers operating in the Midwest.
  • Develop lifelong friendships and networks with other beginning farmers.
  • Learn critical farm management skills such as creative financing and innovative marketing strategies.
  • Mentor with a farmer engaged in a similar enterprise.
  • See sustainable farming practices being used on real farms under a variety of conditions.
  • Learn to view a farm as an interconnected system and learn how goals determine farming practices.
  • Craft a tailor-made farming/business plan.

New!For Beets, a Little More Respect, Please

Beets have been a hot topic on the Well blog this week as readers debate the merits of this improbable superfood.

Beets are loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals. Some readers love them, while others have said “yuck.’’ I confess that I have never cooked, shredded or otherwise prepared a beet in my home, but I now wonder if I’m missing out. I asked one of the country’s leading experts in beets, Irwin L. Goldman, professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, why beets get no respect.

“They are sort of a huddled masses kind of food,’’ Dr. Goldman said. “They are thought of as peasant food and old fashioned…. I think people’s association with them is as a canned vegetable or maybe as something they had to eat as a kid.’’

But Dr. Goldman is a beet-believer. “They really are wonderful, and there are a lot of good things you can do with them,’’ he said.

To hear more about beets — their fascinating history, why they’re good for you and a simple but tantalizing beet recipe — listen to our conversation by clicking on the podcast link at the original story.

Click here for original story at the New York Times.
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New! Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: July 22, 2008

I’m a big fan of uncooked tomato sauces for my summer pastas. This one is very popular in the Southern Italian region of Puglia, and in my house right now, because my cherry tomato plants are producing lots of ripe tomatoes every day. Arugula adds not only wonderful flavor (all the more if you can find peppery wild arugula), but also a nutritional leafy greens punch.

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved if small, quartered if large

  • 1 plump garlic clove, minced or put through a press (more to taste)

  • Salt to taste (I like to use a very good coarse sea salt or fleur de sel for this)

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)

  • 1 cup arugula leaves, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon slivered or chopped fresh basil

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 3/4 pound fusille, farfalle, or orecchiette

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated ricotta salata or Parmesan (more to taste)

1. Combine the cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt, balsamic vinegar, arugula, basil, and olive oil in a wide bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add a generous amount of salt and the pasta. Cook al dente, until the pasta is firm to the bite. Drain, toss with the tomatoes, sprinkle on the cheese, and serve.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Advance preparation: You can make the tomato and arugula mixture a few hours ahead.
Click here for original story at the New York Times.
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Woodchips as Ground Cover Prevent Ground Nesting for Native Bees

James, one good reason not to put woodchips in the garden is so that native bees can access the ground to establish nests. Mulch has many benefits, but it does tend to prevent ground-nesting native bees/pollinators from establishing nests. These solitary bees are an important component of the ecosystem, and they provided most of the pollination to plants in this hemisphere prior to the introduction of European honey bees. Perhaps you can leave a section of the garden unmulched? Rex Dufour

In Wisconsin?

I am absolutely certain…If you’re doing urban farming, you should check out the ATTRA website (www.attra.org). ATTRA has tons of information you might find helpful about organic production. With respect to bees and other beneficial organisms, there are a couple pubs you might find interesting/useful:

Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/nativebee.pdf

Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/farmscaping.pdf

Michigan State University also has a good publication about how to attract native bees and beneficial insects, and most of the plants they suggest are probably native to WI as well. The MSU pub can be found at:

http://nativeplants.msu.edu/pdf/E2973.pdf

Hope this information is helpful….
Rex Dufour
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Georgia Hoping To Pioneer Urban Composting of Food Wastes

From the Table to the Farm: Options for Diverting Food from Landfills

Food Waste Diversion
http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/fwd.html

Twelve percent – or more than 800,000 tons – of the waste sent to Georgia landfills each year is food waste, with approximately 48% of this coming from the greater Atlanta area, according to a statewide waste characterization study completed in 2005. This represents the largest single category of solid waste going into the state’s landfills.

To explore ideas for keeping food waste from entering our landfills, EPD convened a meeting of stakeholders in November 2006. This group identified barriers to diverting food waste in metro Atlanta, discussed how to overcome the barriers, and prioritized potential projects.

The projects include training local elected officials on composting and the permitting process and sponsoring a compost business investment forum.

Partners in the projects include: Georgia Recycling Coalition, Department of Community Affairs, Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, Army Installation Management Command, ERTH Products, Community Environmental Management, Atlanta Recycles, CWS, Emory University, University of Georgia Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and The Coca-Cola Company.

The projects are being funded through a Resource Conservation Challenge grant awarded to EPD by US EPA in 2007.

=From the Table to the Farm: Options for Diverting Food from Landfills

=This day-long conference May 6, 2008 explored the many options available for reducing the amount of food sent to landfills, including source reduction, procurement changes, food rescue/donation and composting. The conference was sponsored by GA EPD, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, The Coca-Cola Company and US EPA Region 4. Press Release

Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions – Stephanie Busch, GA EPD
  • Food Donation – Rob Johnson, Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Composting at Georgia’s Prisons – Boyd Leake, Community Environmental Management, Inc.
  • Food Waste Composting – Tim Lesko, Greenco Environmental, LLC.
  • Georgia Organics – Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics
  • Closing the Loop – Deputy Commissioner Terry Coleman, GA Dept. of Agriculture
  • Food Scraps Composting in the U.S. – Nora Goldstein, BioCycle
  • Organics and Climate Change – Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Biobased Packaging 101 – Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Next Steps – Stephanie Busch, GA EPD

Compost 101

The first workshop held in December 2007 covered composting basics. Sponsors included GA EPD, the North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (NCDPPEA), the Carolina Recycling Association and US EPA Region 4. Brian Rosa from NCDPPEA taught the course using the Yes You CAN*! (*Compost & Naturescape) manual.

Tools and Resources

US EPA’s Food Waste Management Calculator helps you estimate the cost of alternatives to food waste disposal, including source reduction, donation, composting, and recycling of fats, oils and grease. Using the calculator, you can develop an alternative food waste management scenario based on your waste profile, available diversion methods and preferences and then compare cost estimates for a disposal versus alternative scenario. The more you know about your current waste management costs, the more accurate the calculator’s estimate will be, but default values are provided for many variables.

US EPA’s Food Waste Management Calculator

Composting/Mulching Guidance

For more information about food diversion in Georgia and the activities of this initiative, contact Stephanie Busch at stephanie.busch@gaepd.org.

FAMILYFARMED.ORG PUBLISHES WHOLESALE SUCCESS MANUAL

for Urban Farmers and Future Urban Farmers

FamilyFarmed.org is pleased to announce the completion of its publication, Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Post Harvest Handling, and Packing Produce. FamilyFarmed.org staff plus 9 authors and a 27-member steering committee consisting of leading regional farmers, retailers, distributors, academics, and NGO leaders produced this 174-page manual.

The goal of Wholesale Success is to build the capacity of midwest farmers to meet the burgeoning demand for local food. It includes comprehensive sections on issues such as Building Relationships with Buyers, Food Safety, and Calculating Return in Investment. It also includes 63 crop profiles that give specific harvesting, cooling, storage, and packing information on most of the fruits and vegetables grown in the Midwest. FamilyFarmed.org is now working with farmer organizations such as the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to distribute the manual and develop trainings for producers.

The publication has been well received by farmers and other targeted readers. “As an advisory board member of the Wholesale Success, I am pleased with the comprehensiveness of the final product,” says Richard deWilde owner of Harmony Valley Farms in Wisconsin. “It is a very valuable publication for farmers selling onto wholesale markets. It will also be a good tool to recruit producers who are currently selling direct.” Contributors to this Midwest Edition are from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio giving it a true regional focus. They have helped shape the development of the guide and training program and give it strong credibility and acceptance with stakeholders. We are grateful to everyone who played a role in its development!
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Newsweek Article on Front Yard Food Gardens

Check out this week’s Newsweek (7–21–08) with the prayerful Obama on the cover. There’s an article on p. 61 called “How to Grow It Alone” about growing your own vegetables. Like you, this couple preferred the front yard which meant it had to be a very neat and tidy garden plot. The fence is also good-looking and has some nice flowering vines on it. I can see where it might be a challenge to fit into a suburban setting.

I enjoyed reading about your trials and tribs. Nothing is ever simple or easy!

Janet

Urban Farming Intern Happy With Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services Ruling re Ground Cover the Garage Roof Victory Garden

I just received notice that orders pertaining to my square foot urban farming experiment at 325 E. Euclid that boil down to deviations from perfection on my part which I completely acknowledge and will happily do my best to rectify.*

The city responded to a complaint in a manner consistent with Milwaukee’s ambition to become the greenest city in the U.S.A. and our history of professional and impartial public service by our elected officials and government staff.

I hope my complaining neighbor now will appreciate my front yard food garden.

It makes it easier to pay my taxes when I receive such outstanding governmental service.

Thank you Milwaukee!

Godsil
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godshillcityfarm/HomePage

  • Upon receiving a complaint about my front yard “landscaping,” which was my front yard food garden, my “victory garden,” in the making, the Department of Neighborhood Service sent two inspectors, who correctly sited me for:

  • buckets, cardboard, and other debris around the property
  • an improper fence in the front yard
  • lack of adequate ground cover, e.g. bare earth where plants were to be planted
  • a tarp instead of a garage main alley door
  • debris along the side of my garage
  • chipping garage, backyard structure, and house paint
  • containers on the garage roof(the empty ones don’t belong there!)

The order inspired me to vastly improve upon the appearance and coherence of my urban farm experiment. My daughter Bridie and her friend Sara spent 7 labor power hours carefully spreading wood chips on the soil between the plants in my front yard. It looks great and will probably improve the soil’s fertility. I broke down and hired Michael Pettit to make a gate and fence for my side yard dog run for Megan and Ok’s and Bridie and Sarah’s dogs. I stored my many 5 gallon plastic pails in the garage and became obsessive about finding a proper place for every object on the property.

Alderman Zielinski said my garage roof top garden was great and the inspectors ok’d it. Inspector Wendt was very informative, professional, and thoughtful in my conversations with her about the orders.

I still have some painting to do but, God willing, will have no problem complying with that order.

Blueberry Pancake Moment Friend Response to City’s Actions

This is awesome.

I participate in a lot of neighborhood walks, and I have to say I am bothered by the compulsion by some to object to anything other than perfectly manicured and watered green grass! The pretty wild flowers get slandered as weeds, and I pray no one ever gets written up for growing food! Someone has started a large front yard vegetable garden around S 14th and Washington and it made me smile.

Complying With Appropriate City Codes

Ground Cover

I met with a city inspector this morning and agreed to fill in the spaces between my front yard plants with wood chips, to control against erosion. Makes sense to me. I will be seeking a meeting of city inspectors with myself and my alderman Tony Zielinski at “the farm.”

Inspirational Stories

The Dallas Dirt Doctor Helping Texas Go Green

This story was sent by Ken Hargesheimer <minifarms@gmail.com> through his

  • Dirt Doctor Weekly Newsletter

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2008-07-17/news/the-dirt-doctor/

Conversations Inspired by Gods Hill City Farm

Last edited by Godsil. Based on work by tyler schuster and Bob Graf.  Page last modified on December 12, 2012

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