UI speaker to talk urban food movement


Tim-McCollow, Project Manager of Milwaukee Home Gr/Own, City of Milwaukee, speaks at the UW-Milwaukee 2014 Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit. (Vimeo)
Tim McCollow, Project Manager of Milwaukee Home Gr/Own, City of Milwaukee, speaks at the UW-Milwaukee 2014 Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit. (Vimeo)
KC McGinnis | February 4, 2016

An influential voice in the urban food movement will speak at the University of Iowa tonight.

Tim McCollow, Project Manager of Milwaukee’s Home Gr/Own initiative, will speak at Phillips Hall at the University of Iowa campus at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McCollow will speak from his experience transforming city vacancies into projects like community gardens that increase access to healthy produce and increase greenspace in cities. The Home Gr/Own initiative, in effect since 2013, attempts to solve both Milwaukee’s foreclosure crisis and the food crisis by using vacant lots and foreclosed homes to improve the community food system.

The program looks at Milwaukee’s over 2,400 vacant lots and foreclosed homes as spaces for forms of urban agriculture like raised bed gardens, plant nurseries, compost farms, food recycling sites and even Christmas tree farms. Old buildings can even be used to grow mushrooms.

The talk looks to be a valuable resource for community members and policy makers looking at new forms of sustainable agriculture that could solve current land use problems in urban areas.

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