Growing Power & Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

September 20, 2010

This Saturday, September 25th, Lynden celebrates National Slow Food Day of Action, “Dig In! Break Ground, Break Bread” by holding a resource fair featuring local food activists, organizations and vendors. This week I’m blogging about a number of the participating groups. Next up are Growing Power and Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

Growing Power is a national organization headquartered in Milwaukee that helps communities create ecologically sound, sustainable food systems. At their urban farm in Milwaukee, as well as at farms and sites in Chicago, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Mississippi, Growing Power teach growing methods, do outreach with local farmers and communities, run educational programs, and work on agricultural policy initiatives. The organization does its own food production at locations in Chicago, Milwaukee and Merton Wisconsin. Additionally, through their Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, they distribute produce, grass-based meats, and other products from over 300 small family farmers. For more info about the wide range of programs and services they offer, check out their website, http://www.growingpower.org.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a resident-led community development organization serving the Milwaukee Central City neighborhood bound by North Avenue, 12th Street, Fond du Lac Avenue, Walnut Street, and 20th Street. Their mission is “to economically diverse and abundant communities through civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and ventures for prosperity.” Walnut Way and their volunteers have spearheaded a wide variety of projects in collaboration with local businesses, academic institutions, public agencies, and neighborhood associations, including transforming vacant lots into gardens and orchards and providing environmental education to adults and youth. At the resource fair, Walnut Way will be displaying one of their more unique features: they will be selling honey made from the hives installed in their neighborhood. For more info, check out their website, http://www.walnutway.org.

Lynden celebrates National Slow Food Day of Action, “Dig In! Break Ground, Break Bread,” on Saturday, September 25th, from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $9 general, $7 for students and seniors. Members and children under 6 are free. Admission includes access to the garden, house, and resource fair, and snacks from local vendors. This will be the first in a year-round series of sustainability events at the sculpture garden.


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