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Urban Garden Project

In July 2017 the Milwaukee Women’s Center and MASA began partnering to create MASA’s bimonthly program, the Urban Garden Project, for the residents of the Women’s Center. The Milwaukee Women’s Center serves survivors of domestic violence and homelessness with emergency and long-term shelter. In 2016, they provided emergency shelter and supportive care to 122 women and 92 children; 173 of those survivors were low-income or homeless, and 95 were women ages 50 and older.

Through the Urban Garden Project, MASA provides interactive workshops with other community partners for the residents to gain real-life tools to utilize in their new homes after they leave the Women’s Center. The objective of the Urban Garden Project is to empower urban communities to be sustainable, healthy, and independent with their food choices through education on small space gardening and nutrition. Workshops range from shopping on a budget, nutrition, food preservation techniques, composting, and more!

This spring MASA installed four raised garden beds at the Milwaukee Women’s Center to grow food for use in their kitchen and to teach gardening skills. Thanks to the 2018 Mini-Grant MASA received from Sweet Water, Reflo installed a rainwater collection system in August to divert stormwater and supply water for the gardens.

Contact Marissa at urbangarden@milwaukeescience.org if you’d like to get involved with this program!