There are about eight gardens that the teens work in during the week. They consist of a fruit orchard, two production gardens and several back yard gardens. This is where the teens spend most of there time, while at Walnut Way. They tend to the gardens weeding, watering, and harvesting. Its a lot of hard work but they manage to be determined and get the job done.
What next:The economy and our environment:
The Commons is a gathering place to catalyze neighbor wellness and economic prosperity, and house organizations and businesses that provide integrated services. It is dedicated to restoration, growth, and connections and seeks to promote cooperation in heath and wellness, child development, economic development and research.
Building the Perfect Community BPCThe Clean Rivers Lake Conference Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2012
In 2000, residents formed a community development corporation to advance economically diverse and healthy neighborhoods
Promote healthy choices Build healthy environmentsRestore quality housing Foster living economies Walnut Way engages neighbors to Live well
Neighbors Without Boundaries Target area: 110 block area Major commercial corridors: North Ave/Fond du Lac I-43-20th Street Approximately 2,700 households Over 10,000 individuals
“I knew the Lord had not forsaken me” Harriet Dorsey, age 106Oral Narrative InterviewMrs. Dorsey lived in the only remaining house on the 1500 block of Lloyd Street.Her house has new siding and windows. She has two new neighbors.
Approach the issue of excess runoff as an opportunity to lessen the need for potable city water for non-potable purposes like irrigation and flushing toilets3 Bio-filtration swales3Rain gardens-Constructed wetlands-Green roofs-Greywater system
WALNUT WAY CONSERVATION CORPSSTORMWATER BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES PARTNERSHIP 2005-2006 FINAL REPORT
Gardens to Market is here to help teens with theirfuture and give experiences that will help them for alife time. It approaches health at aphysical, mental, social, and spiritual level. Itteaches vocational education in intensive foodproduction, improved nutritional health, socialsupport, training and professional development.G2M is committed to the philosophy of positiveexperiences, and guides teens to be successful asthey move forward.
Grow and join with familiar farmers and foodproducers to expand access to quality food It’s hard work, but its worth it. -Gabrielle
Create communities of choice and connection: neighborhoods that are good places for families to live, learn, work, and playLindsay Heights Quality of Life Plan/ZNI 2009
Academic Achievement Youth and Families Lifelong Learning Housing Commercial Corridors Public Safety Health and Wellness Healthy Food
Key features in 1997 Key features in 2012 Rated 3rd in Nation growing in Household wealth and living poverty wages top priorities 165 new homes/221 rehabs Undervalued housing Housing values increase $100,000-$200,000plus $26M in private investment Lack of civic and capital investments MMSD contracts for rain water management 38 rain gardens installed Invisible history Public and private production gardens Overwhelming crime Documented oral narratives Over 100 active households Convener for Quality of Life Plan.
Urban Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship are at the foundation of our holistic approach to community revitalization. For the Orchards: establish sustainable rainwater harvesting systems to irrigate orchards. Irrigation systems will be solar powered. For the Commons: Greywater system to reduce water usage.
Provide neighborhood based learning…Water awareness..in spiritWater experiencesWater stewardship as a way of life……
Walnut Way Conservation Corpwww.walnutway.orghttp://iwc4change.org/414.264-2326