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Urban Garden Project

In July 2017 the Milwaukee Women’s Center and MASA partnered to create MASA’s bimonthly program, the Urban Garden Project, for the residents of the Women’s Center’s Shelter. The Women’s Center’s Shelter serves survivors of domestic violence and homelessness with emergency and long-term shelter. In 2017, they provided emergency shelter and domestic violence services to 102 women and 127 children; 135 low-income, homeless adults and 210 children received shelter and assistance.

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’s Shelter. 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 Women’s Center’s Shelter 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!

Hilary and Marissa build the frame for one of the four raised garden beds installed Spring 2018.

Mandi, Lyndsey, Marissa, and Hilary serve dinner for the residents before the bi-monthly workshop.

An abundance of fresh greens were served in the resident’s meals at the Women’s Center’s Shelter!

The Reflo team – Justin, Jose, and Fiona