Resources for Safe, Just and Sustainable Living
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
-- Wendell Berry
Local Food & Organic Farming
In a recent report, Moody's Investor Services Inc. notes that in the Midwest, "impacts on agriculture are forecast to be among the most significant economic effects of climate change.” In reaction to this probability, there are many organizations that are addressing food issues in Milwaukee and our state. Some of the most influential ones are listed below.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis. They promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed. The cornerstone of this foundation is the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest conference on organic and sustainable farming. This year’s conference runs from February 22 to 24 in La Crosse, Wis.
Based in East Troy, Wisconsin, the Institute is deeply committed to sustainable agriculture in the state, the country, and beyond. Their goal is to reach out to all types of farmers whether conventional, organic, or biodynamic.
The Fondy Food Center brings healthy food and economic opportunity to Greater Milwaukee by operating local farmers markets throughout the year; providing access to land, resources and support to small-scale farmers; and building a better food system to improve food security & food justice in our community.
Milwaukee Urban Gardens (MUG) advocates for the long-term protection of community gardens and neighborhood green space in urban Milwaukee. Today, the Milwaukee Urban Garden Network exists as a program of Groundwork Milwaukee.
The purpose of the MUG Network is to establish a single point of contact and streamline the process for establishing community gardens and sustainable urban agriculture on city land. The program seeks to connect the dots between all the efforts that make up Milwaukee's local food system and to build partnerships around local food production and food security. The program's broader goals include providing leadership, education, policy analysis, and project development support for the City of Milwaukee's community-based food system.
Putting University Research to Work for Wisconsin Agriculture
Teams of University of Wisconsin faculty and staff and representatives from farm organizations and agricultural industries develop, design and evaluate educational programs in agriculture and natural resources. With on-campus specialists providing research-based information and county agents linking the programs to local needs, these teams offer comprehensive educational programs in bioenergy, community food system, dairy, farm and risk management, food industry support, forage, livestock, nutrient management and fresh market and commercial food production.
Teams of University of Wisconsin faculty and students provide a variety of agricultural research stations, outdoor laboratories and research programs throughout the state.
Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.
A fabulous Milwaukee community urban garden founded by Venice R. Williams that’s become a model for offering unique opportunities to teach youth about where food comes from, practical math skills, basic business principles, the importance of community and stewardship and issues of environmental sustainability.
Founded by residents in 2000, Walnut Way engages neighbors in making our community a place of destination. Since our purposeful beginnings, we have restored dilapidated homes, built a vibrant community center, transformed vacant lots into gardens & orchards, developed new venues for economic development, and pathways to meaningful employment, created innovative wellness programs, and engaged residents of all ages in neighborhood revitalization activities. 2240 N 17th St., Milwaukee, WI 53205
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett,
led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).
Home GR/OWN’s mission is to:
Transform city neighborhoods by creating new, healthy food access and greenspace developments and promoting appropriate economic development.
Make it easier to access local food and re-purpose city-owned vacant lots.
Work within Milwaukee's community food system to link local growers to local markets, increase urban food infrastructure (water, access, compost), and support new urban farms and healthy food retailers and wholesalers.
The Food Council’s mission is to develop intentional, positive strategies for a healthy, affordable, equitable food system that nourishes our community and respects the environment. Our participants include community members, professionals, and government officials. During our meetings, we discuss various aspects of the food system, including access to healthy, affordable food; land use planning; local food production and procurement; public health and other policy initiatives.
The Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southeastern Wisconsin is a local food guide for the Milwaukee metropolitan area and surrounding counties.
Our work as permaculture teachers is to guide our students in how to develop the observational skills, the knowledge, and the practical information to create sustainable gardens, homes, landscapes, farms, businesses, relationships, and communities – in essence – how to develop a more permanent-culture. Courses begin in February.
We explore how we as humans and designers can provide all of the goods and services we need to live abundantly well — and do it in such a way that we leave the planet in better condition than we arrived on it. If each successive generation had left the planet in better condition, we would be living in a very amazing world today.
Films and Videos
The groundbreaking feature film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods and switching to a plant-based diet.
A powerful, insightful and shocking investigation of the apparent collusion between government and big business that’s costing us trillions of healthcare dollars … and keeping us sick. An eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health.
“Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.” Appallingly, 94% of our seed diversity has already disappeared. The stunningly beautiful SEED movie documents the race by passionate seed savers to preserve what’s left in the face of powerful efforts by international forces to control and irreparably alter nature’s ancient legacy for financial gain.