Drum Workshop
Featuring Plena Master Class Artist
Samito Cordero

Saturday, May 16

5 pm 7 pm

all peoples church
2600 n 2nd street
milwaukee, wi 53212
[email protected]

$5 suggested donation

My Dear Republican
a letter to Republicans about public transportation.

Bill Sell

Public Enterprise: How the Socialists Saved Milwaukee

by John Gurda

(Second Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture, March 24, 2009)

First of all, Im honored to be part of anything that has Frank Zeidlers name on it. Hes been a hero of mine for a very long time, not so much for what he did as mayorimportant as those accomplishments werebut for how he lived his life as a citizen of Milwaukee and a citizen of the world.

Im not sure Ive ever told publicly the story of how I first met him. It was in 1970 or 1971, when I was a kid fresh out of college and working at a South Side youth center called Journey House. One of my jobs was to find work for some of our teens, and that led me one night to a meeting of the S. 16th Street Advancement Association.

These were our neighborhoods small business owners and an obvious source of jobs. They met in the hall of Bert and Eddies Bar, a classic South Side watering hole. After the minutes were read, the president announced that Frank Zeidler would be dropping by, for reasons unspecified.

Frank showed up not long after. His driver that night was Charlie Mentkowski, a Marquette law professor, and theyd been making the rounds of neighborhood meetings. (Some people bar-hop; Frank and his friends meeting-hopped.)

After he was introduced, Frank gave an impromptu 10-minute speech about the South Sides growing Mexican population. He talked about their origins. He talked about their reasons for coming. He emphasized that they were good workers, with strong families. You have to remember that S. 16th Street was still almost completely Anglo in 1971. What Frank was trying to do was to help the old guard adjust to an ethnic transformation that was just over the horizon.
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Sun & Nature Powered KK Urban Aquaculture Campus Village

Hoping Lindner Fraundorf Washatko partner with

  • Growing Power
  • Great Lakes Water Institute
  • Milwaukee’s Department of City Development
  • HUD, USDA, Energy Departments


  • Sweet Water Organics
  • UWM School of Fresh Water Sciences
  • MSOE
  • MATC
  • Outpost Natural Foods
  • Walnut Way
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Urban Aquaculture Center
  • Milwaukee Zoological Society
  • Veterans Administration
  • Multi-cultural institutions and enterprises
  • Faith communities
  • Riverwest Co-op
  • The Victory Garden Initiative
  • and your preferred group

To develop not only a

40 unit self-sustaining building,

But also connect this great vision with a configuration
Of occupants that would bring the labor, resources,
And imagination leading to an

Off the Grid Urban Aquaculture Campus Village

The bottom floor of the first new building would house

Co-operatives and Family Enterprises

The anchor co-op a cafe and grocery story on the order of
The Riverwest Co-op Cafe, perhaps in partnership with
Amaranth Bakery and the glorious MATC culinary school.

Another worker owned co-op or family business could be devoted to
Sparking multicultural aquaculture projects, Large and small…

Fabricating urban aquaculture and urban aquaculture components,
Lke worm condos, cold framers, hoop houses, green houses,
And Will Allen Growing Power inspired 10,000 gallon
Re-circulating bio-filtration 3 tier fish vegetable gardens.

Another could involve managing an eco-tourism/training aspect,
Another to developing small co-op or family spin off enterprises,
Perhaps in practical solar technologies and architectural,
Small is beautiful solar designs.
Inspired by the work of the partners comprising the

KK Aquaculture Village: Sun and Nature Powered

The three participating educational institutions might have
Live-in students of all ages from all over in the building…
Or buildings!

Will Allen and his Growing Power team, in partnership
With the members of the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network
Have prepared the soil for Milwaukee’s emergence as…

The Urban Agriculture Center of North America.

Fred Binkowski and team, of the Great Lakes Water Institute,
Supported by the Sea Grant Foundation, are preparing the
Fish and the waters, in partnerships with Growing Power,
and guidance for Sweet Water Organics…to create the day,
In Fred’s own words at the first board meeting of the Urban Aquaculture Center,
In 2007, when we have made a new Milwaukee idea:

Milwaukee As the Urban Aquaculture City of America



Inspired by…


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April 24 and 25

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
7 P.M. Interactive Poetry and Music for the Whole Family
8 PM Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: CLAUDIA SCHMIDT, nationally-known singer/songwriter
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
1500 E. Park Place
$5.00 Per Person, $10.00 Per Family, UEC Members Free

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009, 8 P.M.
Earth Poets and Musicians with SPECIAL GUEST: ANTLER, former Milwaukee Poet Laureate
Featured Performers: Jahmes Finlayson, Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, Holly Haebig, Jeff Poniewaz, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Harvey Taylor
631 N. 19th Street (Just South of Wisconsin Ave)
Donation: $5.00, benefit for Peace Action

Contacts: Harvey Taylor 414–265–2549 or Suzanne Rosenblatt [email protected]

Websites: http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthPoetsAndMusicians/HomePage

This year’s Special Guests

Claudia Schmidt  Vocals, Guitar, DulcimerAntler: Poet, Explorer of wilderness, without and within
Claudia Schmidt Vocals, Guitar, DulcimerAntler: Poet, Explorer of wilderness, without and within
Visit her at: http://claudiaschmidt.homestead.comVisit him at: http://www.antlerpoet.net

Safeguarding Milwaukees Youth: An Interview with Pathfinders Dan Magnuson

By Patricia Obletz

Daniel O. Magnuson, MA, MSW, is the President/CEO of Pathfinders, formerly known as the Counseling Center of Milwaukee. This 40-year&-old, non-profit agency works with young people who are in crisis due to physical or sexual assault, homelessness, poverty or mental health issues, such as depression and post traumatic stress disorders.

Dan also chairs the Youth Mental Health Connections (YMHC). He met with Peace of Mind to talk about the status of at-risk young people in Milwaukee County. Dan said, Ive been working to help children for 31 years, and became president of Pathfinders six years ago. Before that, for a decade, I worked for a large national association in human services, traveling across the country to engage with agency people focused on issues of mental health and human services. When I got here, I was struck by the racism and economic fragmentation of Milwaukee in general.

The human service and provider community reflects this fact. White providers didnt know black providers well enough, let alone work with them as well as could be. To overcome distrust requires relationship-building. To create functional working relationships, you have to get to know each other. But there werent any organizations focused on youth mental health that crossed the boundaries between juvenile justice, child welfare and community﷓based organizations. There were groups, but each was focused on only particular slivers of this population.

Competition for funding was another divisive factor. But its not all about money. Its this larger issue that Milwaukee is the seventh poorest city in America; it ranks in fourth place for having the poorest kids. This city has one of the highest rates of violence in the nation; it is one of the most racially divided. And, according to the Census Reports, Milwaukee has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates per city in any industrialized nation, which was projected to increase annually. Since this fact was made public, the United Way and other agencies began to concentrate on preventing teen pregnancy. Half of the fathers of babies born to girls ages 14–17 are 20 years old or older. The statistics on girls who have sex involuntarily show us that 74 percent of girls who have sex before 14, and 60 percent of girls who have sex before 15 have sex involuntarily. Fortunately, in this city, there are a number of bright, dedicated people working to improve conditions for kids. A number of them are members of the Milwaukee Youth Mental Health Connections (YMHC).

The YMHC network first met in 2004 to find out who is focusing on the youth at risk and their mental health status. To answer that question, YMHC obtained funding to launch a series of surveys and interviews with key people in town; this effort took about six months. The $25,000 for this project came from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Bob & Linda Davis Family Foundation; The Annie E. Casey Foundation & Alliance for Children and Families; Northwestern Mutual Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

Surprising Survey Results

The findings of this study were surprising, and far more complicated and more difficult to summarize. The survey revealed that between 35,000 to 40,000 kids in Milwaukee County (15 percent to 20 percent) would benefit from some kind of community-based outpatient care. Given environmental stresses, in particular, poverty, that number could be much higher.

The take-away information from this survey is that, in general, the number of therapists in Milwaukee matches the level of need. It is not so much that Milwaukee needs more general social work, but it does need more specialists, such as child psychiatrists and other providers with expertise in youth mental health (http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PatriciaObletz/WashingtonParkBeat2007-08-09 ) The county also needs more providers who are trained to work with kids who have been sexually assaulted, and more providers who are culturally diverse to meet the cultural needs of the kids.
Read the rest at Peace of mind

Planting the Garden

Today the First Lady hosted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and students from Bancroft Elementary, in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House to plant the garden and highlight healthy eating. The same school participated in the groundbreaking of the Garden on March 20 and will return later this year for harvesting and cooking with the food grown.

Victory Garden - Kilbourn Reservoir

Written by Currents Staff
Thursday, 02 April 2009
by Jim Loew

Several years ago, a seed was planted in Riverwest the seed of an idea for a community garden as part of the revitalization of the Reservoir at Kilbourn Park. This spring that seed began to sprout. There are many people determined to see that this seedling has all it needs to survive people like Kris Peterka and Andrea Kurth of the Riverwest Health Initiative; Janice Christensen of the YMCA Community Development Center; Tom Schneider, Executive Director of COA Youth and Family Centers; members of the Kilbourn Park planning group and many, many others.

Ive referred to it as a Victory Garden, Christensen explained, although I expect that the name and all the other details will be finalized by a planning group that we hope will form after the first organizational meeting which is set for Saturday, March 28.

At the Blueberry Pancake moments at the Riverwest Co-op Cafe yesterday, Jan said that the one half acre section of the Reservoir on North Avenue just to the west of Humboldt will contain from 40 to 60 four by eight raised bed plots, with soil rich enough to provide most of the veggies a 2 person household will consume in the season. The plots are not just for individuals but also for organizations like the Children’s Outing Association, Riverside after school programs, and food pantries. Persons or organizations interested in a plot can send an e-mail to [email protected]

Read the rest at The Riverwest Currants website
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Paths to a Sustainable Future Hosts June 16 Chickens for Milwaukee Gathering at the Urban Ecology Center!

Here is a general description of what Paths is hoping to pull together:

June 16: Backyard Chickens?: They do it all. Feed you breakfast, fertilize your soil, and eat the bugs off of your broccoli. So how do you start and will the law allow it? Come and learn/discuss the benefits, resources, and current city and village laws pertaining to backyard hens.

In short, we’re looking for panel discussion participants and ideas on neighborhood projects/petitions that will spawn from this meeting.

Experts on:

  • Backyard chicken keepers (process, materials, getting started)
  • Regional advocates (How did other city’s get laws passed?)
  • What are the Milwaukee laws? (By city, village or neighborhood)
  • How do we push these laws into fruition? (petitions, groups, volunteers)

Any volunteers or contact info for people for the panel or local project models/ideas?

Thanks for your help!

[email protected]

Christie Mole
[email protected]

Four Chickens(no roosters) In Every Yard!

Cities in Vanguard of Chickens for Citizens Movement

*update*Here is a link to a site that will show the cities by state

Good Prose and Ideas For Cities Hoping To Craft Thoughtful Laws for Chickens and Humans


Date: Mar 26, 2009 9:35 AM

People from the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network(MUAN) have been advancing this concept, with Alderman Nik Kovac’s support, and more recently, Bay View’s Alerman, Tony Z.

Milwaukee’s own David, Sura Faraj,
Easily up to squaring down Gargantua,
Has invited our alders to a screening of Mad City Chickens.

Mad City Chicken Parties for Our Alders!

‘’‘Lakefront Brewery Along the Milwaukee River Showing

Please join us for the screening of Mad City Chickens. We want you to know why so many of your constituents are excited about the prospect of bringing back chickens (no roosters) for expanded city gardens. Madison and many other cities are doing it too!

Nicole B. wrote:

How about getting as many of them as possible to go to Lakefront Brewery for the screening of Mad City Chickens? I’m told by people who have seen it that it is a great thing for elected officials to see. Below are the details of the screening. I suspect the turnout will be big, so I’d suggest getting there early…

If you would like to help accelerate the day when chickens elevate the lives of the people, send an e-mail to [email protected]


Mad City Chickens is a sometimes wacky, sometimes serious look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From experts and authors to a rescued landfill chicken or an inexperienced family that takes the poultry plunge-even a mad scientist and giant hen get intothe act - it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Wednesday, April 22
7:30 pm
Lakefront Brewery Palm Gardens
1855 Commerce Street

Chicken Tractor


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For photo essay of this great moment, go to…
White House Garden Ground-Breaking Photo Gallery


Some of the comments on this video have been described in very negative ways.
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Alice Waters Is One Of Us

Each of us should be known for what we actually do rather than what we say, especially if what we say is being filtered through the media with its agenda. Through that lens, I don’t see how anyone can criticize Alice Waters. She has done amazingly generous acts throughout her career and spoken truth to power on many occasions. Her insight into how to civilize a generation of children through food is worth reading again and again. We could all benefit from a little more civility in this particular moment.

Despite the intelligence and analysis of some of your comments here, it is so frustrating to me to witness how we in the social activist world and non-profit world manage to eat our own on a regular basis.

Have you considered that the anger and vitriol expressed on this issue may be misplaced? Rather than feeling so angry with Alice about how her portrayal of the local, sustainable food movement played out with this round on 60 Minutes, can you try to see that the whole story was chosen by the editors of the segment? They were speaking to the bias against the local food movement (it’s too expensive, too inconvenient, and too time consuming for the average person) just as much as they were featuring one of our more prominent spokespersons. That bias could be seen as coming straight from Big Ag as a social meme that they nurse to keep their market protected from people changing their habits. They don’t have to do much to keep it going. Just feature a couple of comments that can be freely cherry-picked from a daylong conversation with a national spokesperson. Then leave it to the activist community to go through a wholesale discount and destroy the reputation of one of its own.

We must continue to move with common purpose. We are making wonderful headway in this new political climate. Alice Waters is one of us. I urge you to reclaim her and the beauty of her intentions.

Let this go, please! And if you ever find yourself caught up into the dubious role of speaking for all of us through such an impure medium as our media with all of its hidden agendas and powerful skewing mechanisms, I will surely send you blessings.

Back to work indeed…

Claire Maitre
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St. Patrick Brigid’s Celebration at Timbuku!

Emceed by Dasha Kelly, KT Rusch, Holly Haebig, Isaiah Rembert.

St. Patrick/St. Brigid Day All City Gathering of Activists, Artists and Culture Creators
Tues. March 17
5–10 pm
Club Timbuktu
Donation requested — $5 or -hour staffing registration table (we need help)

5:00 6:00
Welcome and announcements
Energy Start, Nia Dancing
George Martin, Calling of the Ancestors
Jean-Andrew: “Brigid’s Mantel of Mercy, Represnting StoryLore and Organic Arts. (7 min.)
Mathibela Sebothoma, South African priest and veteran of Anti-Apartheid Movement (7 min.)

Soapbox Moments (2 minutes each
1. Denise and Tom Schmitt, Vera Neumann Scarves for AIDS/Autoimmune Disorders Research & Intervention, Africa & USA
2. Janine Arsenau, Grandmothers Beyond Borders
3. Aria Duax WAVE
4. Tess Reiss, speaking on “World Change & The World Teacher”
5. POETRY: Elizabeth Crawford, poem, 2 min?
6. Christie Mole and Jess, Paths for a Sustainable Future and Transition Initiative, late
7. Monique Hassman, UWM in New Orleans Program
8. Barbara Leigh, Milw. Public Theatre

7:15 8:10 Soapbox Moments

1. POETRY: Olde Godsil
2. Mechartnik, cold frame and electricity demo (3 min.)
3. Lisa Sim of Future Green on Victory Gardens
4. Tom Brandstetter, The “B100 community” for the sustainable bio-fuel thing
5. Swee Sim of Future Green on Biodiesel
6. Nick DeMarsh, Art in Alleys
7. Melissa Musante, MARN
8. Ken Leinbach, Urban Ecology Center
9. Barb Wesson, Core El Centro

7:35 7:40: Skit (5 min.)
7:40 7:45: Energy Break, Nia #2 (5 min.)

7:50 - 8:10 Soapbox Moments
1. James Carlson, Bucketworks
2. Annie Weidert?, A Broader Vocabulary Co-op
3. POETRY: Brian Sevedge, poetry
4. Paul Seifert and Amy Weisbrot on Systems —ecosystem and digestive system.
5. Jacob Flom - Iraq Veterans Against the War - Milwaukee chapter
6. Maureen Zeebian on Human Rights in China
7. Jim Draeger, Peoples Books
8. Greg Bird, Bay View/Milwaukee Partisan


8:10 8:15: Marcia Lee, Theatre of the Oppressed (3 min). 7–8 or 8–9:30
8:20 8:25: Short Performance (5 min.)
8:25 8:35: Short Performance (5 min.)

8:35 - 8:40 Wrap up: Directions, reminders, donations, thanks (5 min.)

8:40 9:00 Soapbox Moments

1. Wendy Mesich + , Off the Grid
2. Peace Action, Jim Draeger
3. Erik Lindberg, Community Growers
4. Erin Kanuckel, Jacki Walczak, Milw Urban Gardens: How to start a new community garden
5. Bill Sell, Light Rail for Milwaukee
6. John Augustine, The Pinion
7. Eric Griswold, Institute for Thought.
8. Express Yourself Milwaukee

Our property tax system is broken; it is over-worked; it is the catchall when the state and the federal government fail to fund needed government services. The result is that the residential homeowner gets stuck with bills that our society needs to find a better way to pay. Dave brings experience with a different system of valuation (Land Value) and how it helps a community develop its common wealth.

Dave Wetzel In Milwaukee

Please check out Dave’s public appearances, and join us for his wit and wisdom.

Milwaukee: A National Training Center for Urban Fish & Vegetable Farmers

Self-reliance and community building advance
When people are able to grow their own food.

The world wide web provides many inspiring pages,
Eye of the prize of teaching us urban fish and vegetable farming.

Locally, we have some of the world’s leading urban
fish and vegetable farming educators.

Growing Power’s Will Allen, for example, literally travels
The world to train urban farmers, in addition to hosting
“From The Ground Up” winter workshops and tours for growing numbers,
Including one this Feb. 21 and 22, which still has openings.


If you would like to learn more about our local educators and
Become part of a conversation
That aims to advance the cause of urban fish and vegetable farming,
Send an e-mail to [email protected]

Here’s my favorite on-line portal to some of humanity’s
Finest urban fish farm educators and practitioners,


The Aquaculture Network Information Center

The Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) was conceived in 1994 by the former USDA-Extension Service (currently Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service) as one of the nations first network information centers to serve as a gateway to the worlds electronic aquaculture resources.


  1. Provide access to all electronic aquaculture information at the national and international level.
  2. Increase the quantity and quality of electronic information available to the aquaculture industry.
  3. Provide self-paced aquaculture instruction to the aquaculture industry.
  4. Obtain user input in directing AquaNIC services.

Why not, for starters, initiate some conversations with the more accessible people in these institutions and participate in this rich communication network?

Who will help us grow these fish? Who will help us bake these loaves?

Clinton, Yale invite Will Allen to speak

Milwaukee Feb. 9, 2009 This will be a busy weekend for Will Allen, founder and CEO of Milwaukees Growing Power Inc.
On Friday, Feb. 13, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton, Allen will share the dais at the University of Texas at Austin with, among others, actress Drew Barrymore, for a panel discussion titled The Future of Food. In the audience will be 1,000 college
students and 200 university presidents and chancellors from institutions across the nation.

After that session, Allen will jet home just in time to turn around and visit Yale University in New Haven, Conn., for a special address Monday to the faculty, students and guests of the Yale Sustainable Food Project.

The Austin conference is billed as a special plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative, which is sponsored by the Clinton Foundation. Allen and others will address issues of food security and food justice in a world threatened by economic and political upheaval, global warming, overpopulation and outmoded food policies.

The moderator for the discussion is Raj Shah, the director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other panelists include Barrymore, who has been named an Ambassador Against Hunger to the U.N. World Food Programme; Emma Clipinger, a student at Brown University; Peter McPherson, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; and film director Morgan Spurlock.

The Yale Sustainable Food Project directs programs that support exploration and academic inquiry related to food and agriculture, and also manages a sustainable dining program and an organic farm on the Yale campus.

Its pretty clear that food, pure and simple, is not being taken for granted anymore, Allen said. Conferences like these, sponsored by some of the most important institutions in the world, suggest it has finally sunk in: We need to address hunger as a global threat.

Growing Power Inc. is a national non-profit and land trust that operates community food centers in Milwaukee and Chicago and provides training in urban agriculture around the world. Allen is the winner of a 2008 McArthur Foundation Genius Grant.


Jim Price, Growing Power Inc.
[email protected]
(414) 531–3395

Introducing Sweet Water Organics

These Emmanuel Pratt photos present the “before” facility for the emerging Sweet Water Organics Aquaculture Project at 2151 S. Robinson, in the KK River Village. Sweet Water is the brainchild of Steve Lindner and Josh Fraundorf, along with minority partner James Godsil. All three have extensive backgrounds in the artisinal trades in hands-on work as well as entrepreneurial capacities.

This project is growing with some very much appreciated wise inspiration and counsel by Will Allen of Growing Power, supported by Fred Binkowksi of the Great Lakes Water Institute.

Here is an excellent presentation of a demonstration model of Will Allen’s Aquaculture System.


Commissioner Rocky Marcoux and Development Director Kein Burton of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, along with Alderman Tony Zielinski and many key participants in Milwaukee’s good food movement are also moved by this project’s possibilities, not just for Milwaukee, but for the world beyond.

Seven “fish raceways” with a total of 110,000 gallons of water could potentially yield, if all goes well in this pilot “upscaling” experiment, 100,000 tilapia, lake perch, perhaps blue gill, in a year.

Permits for the project have been obtained. This past Saturday 450 ft. of 6 to 8 inches of concrete were sawn through to prepare for tomorrow’s heavy machinery excavation for five approximately 13,000 gallon below ground fish raceways. The underground tanks will be lined with 45 mil EPDM(fish friendly non-roofing variety). Emmanuel Pratt has been photographing and filming this entire drama, as part of a film on the Green Renaissance of Our Old Cities, with a focus on urban agriculture and sustainable architecture.

The project will develop sequentially. The first 26,000 gallons are aiming for a March arrival. The first fish, tilapia, are hoped to arrive in April.

There are scores of pictures capturing the first days of this project at…


It is quite possible that fish farming and aquatic plants in a Will Allen Greenhouse System is a 21st century industry of great significance. Here is the story of an urban aquaculture project using a model different than Will’s, but also, in my mind’s eye, worthy of consideration.


We are hoping to inspire people to create aquaculture systems in their “City Homes and Farms,” perhaps in the immediate neighborhood of the KK River Village(just to the north of Lincoln, a block west of KK).

For a satellite view of the KK River Village:


If you would like to take a tour of this project as it develops, please let me know.

James Godsil

More on this project at…

Sweet Water Fish Farming

Home School City Farm Projects

Further evidence for the viability of Will Allen’s aquaculture methodology can be found in the inspiring work of Matt Ray at Fernwood Montesori’s Schoolyard Greenhouse and Aquaculture System. Here is a link to the start of a photo library of this project:


If you would wish to sign up for a tour of Fernwood’s aquaculture project, send an e-mail to [email protected]

Eyes on the Prize of Supporting and Replicating the Sweet Water Model

Will Allen’s demonstration aquaculture systems at Growing Power
Have won rave reviews from many quarters, including the
Great Lakes Water Institute, which has been monitoring
The quality of the water and the fish on a weekly basis
Since providing Growing Power with 10,000 lake perch last April.

The first week of the Sweet Water project has generated
Enthusiasm and hope, which tends to create that which it contemplates.

Here’s an unedited sequence of scores of pictures of first week’s work…


CSA and Mondragon Models To Spark the Transformation of Industrial Buildings

There are many challenges to making fish farms from our old industrial buildings.
The biggest out of pocket expenses will be to deal with the roof issue(usually very expensive)
And the provision of enough heat to keep the plants supporting the water cleansing feature healthy.

Fish farm enterprisers would be able to venture forth into this new territory
If their risks were distributed to partners in the venture.

There are many forms of partnership, including…

Fish Farm CSAs

This is a brainstorm scenario that has not been approved by anyone yet.

So who would like to explore scenarios where some would pre purchase fish the same way people pre-purchase food baskets from fruit and veggie farmers?

Who would like to earmark some or all of these fish to feed people who
Are going to have a hard time buying healthy food in the coming years?

If a fish farm CSA interests you and you would like to brainstorm this concept,
Please send an e-mail to [email protected]

Mondragon and Mixed Model Partnerships

Another way of spreading the risk for fish farm transformation of idle industrial buildings
Comes from 50 years of the Mondragon Cooperative Complex of industries and enterprises.

The Mondragn Corporation is a group of manufacturing, financial and retail companies based in the Basque Country and extended over the rest of Spain and abroad. It is one of the world’s largest worker cooperatives and one important example of workers’ self-management. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondrag%C3%B3n_Cooperative_Corporation

With this concept in mind, as I interpret it, people would provide needed resources
To a fish farm transformatlon project, and their contribution would be duly noted,
With compensation in fish or currency or stock ownership
Determined in some fashion by participants in the project.

Milwaukee’s 30th St. Industrial Corridor For Second Will Allen Aquaculture Replication?

Rocky Marcoux and Kein Burton have been invaluable supporters of the Sweet Water project.
They have visions of this project’s possibilities for one or more of the buildings at the 30th St. corridor.


If you would like to participate in on-line brainstorming and site visits to potential sites for
A second industrial building fish farm transformation, send an e-mail to
[email protected]

There are people with resources ready to support such a venture.

Seek “Mondragon Partners” to Advance Fish Farm Experiments

  • Great Lakes and Mississippi Heartland Old City Industrial Building Transformations
  • Idle Barn Transformations

A Mondragon Million for Marriage of Urban Agriculture/Aquaculture With
Solar Technologies and Solar Architecture

As detailed in “A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology”
by Ken Butti and John Perlin(forward by Amory Lovins)

Seek One Thousand to Invest One Thousand
To make available One Million to invest in
The KK River Village, Sweet Water Organics,
Or some other…
Fish Farm Experiment.

Some form of cooperative, mixed model enterprise form is envisioned.
Whyte’s work on the Mondragon experiment inspired the term “Mondragon Million.”
Do a YouTube google of Mondragon and you may be inspired.

But for profit, family fish farm enterprises are welcomed too!

Louis Fortis, Ph.D., economist,Wisconsin State Legislator, publisher of the “Shepherd Express,” is happy to share what he learned visiting the Mondragon center in Basque Spain, along with his research on Mondragon Models over the years. Send an e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to have some on-line conversations and/or a tour of the Sweet Water building and the KK River Village this week.

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Gov. Doyle on Will Allen in the State of the State speech

“I want to recognize someone who exemplifies that spirit, someone who shows how creativity and hard work can provide us with more than we thought possible. I am going to introduce you to someone who saw urban Milwaukee as an unlikely center for agriculture someone who found a way to raise fish and fresh vegetables in a home-made ecosystem alive on the north side of Milwaukee.

Here is the latest Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner a professional basketball player before he hit the big time Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power.

Will was able to do incredible things with almost no resources. […]”

I guess he was there at the speech, then? Pretty cool!

Will Allen for Master Farmer of the White House!

It would be a great thing for Milwaukee and our nation
Were Will Allen to work with the Obama family
To help them and their friends and associates
Set up a veggie garden and aquaculture system
For fish farming at the White House.

Will’s intensive small space veggie gardens
And aquaculture systems could be replicated
At just about any one’s house.

That would be the power and the glory of
Will Allen’s choice as White House Farmer…
Making good healthy food available to all of God’s children.

Hundreds of pages and pictures
Tracking the emergence of MacArthur genius and
Possibly White House Farmer, Will Allen.
at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GrowingPower/HomePage

If you have two seconds, please vote for Will Allen of Growing Power to become a White House Farmer (see more info, below). And please feel free to send this to any others that might be willing to vote!

Vote for Will Allen!

The White House is considering transforming part of the White House Lawns into an organic farm to raise fruits and vegetable to be used not only in White House Meals but to donate to local food pantries. Several farmers across the country have been nominated, including Will Allen of Growing Power. Will operates a working farm within the Milwaukee city limits. He offers thousands of tours a year of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based organization focused on sustainable urban agriculture. Growing power conducts workshops and demonstrations in aquaculture, aquaponics, vermiculture, horticulture, small or large-scale composting, soil reclamation, food distribution, beekeeping, and marketing. Will turns compost into energy to heat his green houses in the winter and has been integral in educating inner-city dwellers about the importance of organic farming and energy efficiency.
Please take a few minutes to cast your vote for Will, of your favorite farmer, at http://whitehousefarmer.com/
And for more information about the wonderful things that Growing Power is doing both here in MKE, Chicago and across the nation go to

Thanks for taking the time!
Will would very much like to help the Obama family set up a veggie garden and aqua culture system at the White House.

He would very much enjoy being Master Farmer of the White House.

The Master Farmer would not have day to day responsibilities, but rather would help design the system, recruit and train the caretakers and stewards, the artists and the scientists, the workers and the enjoyers of…

A White House Urban Farm

To inspire a nation!


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Obama to Support Local and Organic Food

Story from http://www.familyfarmed.org/

By Jim Slama
President, FamilyFarmed.org


The election of Barack Obama as president bodes well for the future of local and organic food in America. He is a long time proponent of sustainable agriculture and local food systems. It is expected that his administration will take the lead in reforming policies and advancing new funding to take advantage of the incredible demand for responsibly grown food. In his Rural Plan, his campaign stated:

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