Milwaukee offers many opportunities for residents to tend a garden during the summer growing season. Plots vary in size, neighborhood restrictions and growing periods. Residents wanting to raise a garden in a vacant lot can apply for permits as well.
Urban garden opportunities are listed below. If you are aware of a community garden that is not listed, please leave a comment.
Name: Alice’s Garden
Location: Corner of West Garfield Avenue and North 20th Street
Description: Residents of the neighborhood have rental priority for the 16-square-foot in-ground plots. Beds that are not rented by residents are available to the public.
Name: Concordia Gardens
Location: 220 E. Concordia Ave.
Cost: $10-30 for first plot; $10 for an additional plot
Description: This community garden features 4- by 8-foot raised beds.
Contact: Yaa Bema Tutu at yaa@VictoryGardenInitiative.org or 414-364-7579
Name: Garden District Community Garden
Location: Sixth Street and West Howard Avenue
Cost: $25 with an additional $25 clean-up deposit
Description: Beds available to rent include in-ground 20-foot square beds and raised 4- by 16-foot beds. The clean-up deposit will be returned once the renter cleans the bed at the end of the season.
Contact: Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-379-2450
Name: Madison Garden
Location: 3201 W. Madison St.
Cost: $5 for residents living in Silver City, Burnham Park or Layton Park
Description: Four 4- by 8-foot raised beds are available in this pocket park created by residents and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors.
Contact: Brett Lipshutz at email@example.com
Name: Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
Location: Ten locations available: http://milwaukee.uwex.edu/files/2010/08/Community-Gardens-Map.pdf
Cost: $20 up to $252, depending on bed size.
Description: Garden sizes range from 200- to 10,000-square-foot beds. Staff from the Cooperative Extension Urban Agriculture Program till, stake and provide water for the gardens. The renting period is May 25 to Oct. 18. Garden rentals may be renewed to keep the same plot each year.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-256-4606
Name: Milwaukee Urban Gardens
Cost: No cost for permit
Description: Residents can apply for seasonal permits from the City of Milwaukee to plant gardens in vacant city-owned lots in their neighborhood.
Contact: email@example.com or 414-431-0919
Name: The Story Garden
Location: 2830 W. Burnham St.
Cost: Free for residents living in Silver City, Burnham Park or Layton Park.
Description: Six 4- by 8-foot raised beds are available in this pocket park created by residents and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors.
Contact: Jorian Giorno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-385-5341
Name: Urban Ecology Center – Menomonee Valley Community Gardens
Location: Three Bridges Park
Cost: $35 Members ($70 Non-members)
Description: Available plots are 4- by 8-foot or 4- by 10-foot beds and are in walking distance of the Menomonee Valley Branch of the Urban Ecology Center. The organization provides gardening classes, as well as tools and water on site.
Contact: Michael Espinoza at email@example.com or 414-431-2940
Name: Victory Garden Initiative
Description: Volunteers from the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz will build and install raised garden beds from May 9 to May 23. Those interested should register for the 4-foot by 8-foot raised bed, which includes fresh soil.