Event Title

The Wisconsin Farming Oral History Project: Urban Gardening and its Role in Shaping Milwaukee

Mentor 1

Jasmine Alinder

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

24-4-2015 11:45 AM

Description

This project, spanning multiple UW campuses, focuses on constructing a historical narrative of farming in the state of Wisconsin through the method of oral history. The UW-Milwaukee project team focuses on urban agriculture and the various institutions that have arisen in an attempt to reclaim urban space through community projects such as urban gardens. My role with the project is to interview various community members in the Milwaukee area that have been involved with urban gardens. Organizations such as Growing Power, Alice’s Gardens, Milwaukee Urban Gardens, and others are all locally based institutions that have had a significant impact on the developing urban agriculture movement in the city. As former industrial cities such as Milwaukee attempt to redefine themselves through such movements, it is important for academic research to chronicle this change. Continued research into the field of urban agriculture will yield significant information on how urban gardens are redefining public/private space, providing food and support to urban communities that need it the most, and most of all empowering those involved through a sense of community and productivity.

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The Wisconsin Farming Oral History Project: Urban Gardening and its Role in Shaping Milwaukee

Union Wisconsin Room

This project, spanning multiple UW campuses, focuses on constructing a historical narrative of farming in the state of Wisconsin through the method of oral history. The UW-Milwaukee project team focuses on urban agriculture and the various institutions that have arisen in an attempt to reclaim urban space through community projects such as urban gardens. My role with the project is to interview various community members in the Milwaukee area that have been involved with urban gardens. Organizations such as Growing Power, Alice’s Gardens, Milwaukee Urban Gardens, and others are all locally based institutions that have had a significant impact on the developing urban agriculture movement in the city. As former industrial cities such as Milwaukee attempt to redefine themselves through such movements, it is important for academic research to chronicle this change. Continued research into the field of urban agriculture will yield significant information on how urban gardens are redefining public/private space, providing food and support to urban communities that need it the most, and most of all empowering those involved through a sense of community and productivity.