Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm

What is it?  

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm (MUDF) researches the economic viability and social capital of urban agriculture while empowering small-scale farmers in the region. We do so by facilitating land access and providing technical and educational resources for selling local food. Participants – or “micro-farmers” – learn sustainable methods to increase their food production while cultivating buyer relationships with partnered Milwaukee restaurants, markets, and food co-ops.

Want to learn more? Contact Ryan Schone 414/ 256-4653  or  ryan.schone@ces.uwex.edu

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Who are the Urban Discovery Farmers?

In the 2014 season, (14) farmers are participating in the Urban Discovery Farm; the participants comprise 4 different ethnicities and an age ranging from 23 to 57. Embracing this diversity of cultures and farming experiences,  “micro-farmers” gather on a monthly basis for an educational workshop led by an expert and followed up with a meal and collaborative conversation.

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 Click here to Meet the 2014 Urban Discovery Farmers!

Can Urban Agriculture be Economically Viable in Milwaukee?  

Firefly Ridge Discovery Farm

Despite all the hype and culture based around “local food” in Wisconsin and elsewhere across the nation, many of the numbers supporting the profit of small-scale local growers are, at best, disenchanting.

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm aims to alter these conflicting trends; think of it as a test lab or science fair of urban farming. Visitors to a discovery farm can see examples of unique growing practices used to produce high yielding crops on a small piece of land — all with a profit in mind. Participants can expect to learn collaboratively with other micro-farmers while cultivating selling relationships with MUDF partners such as Braise RSA and the Riverwest Co-op.

 

Urban Discovery Farm featured on CW 18 “Our Issues Milwaukee”

 

Where are the Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farms?

photo18MUDFI is presently located at 4 sites in Milwaukee County:

  1. The Green Corridor Community Gardens (6th St and Howard Ave.,  Milwaukee)
  2. Kohl Farm (8300 County Line Rd, Milwaukee)
  3. Firefly Ridge Community Garden (10256 Underwood Parkway, Wauwatosa)
  4. Timmerman Fields Community Garden  (9200 Appleton Avenue,  Milwaukee)

 

The Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm builds upon the historic framework of UW- Extension’s historic Shoots n’ Roots, a program which educated small scale vegetable growers in Milwaukee, using research-based organic practices and results from the Organic Learning Center MicroFarm project. Participants further this interactive learning model by managing their own micro-farm (1/8 acre — 1.5 acres) while participating in monthly community-oriented workshops aimed to increase their food production and revenue. A community approach is emphasized at MUDFI for farmers to embrace collaboration and to share best practices and lessons learned.

 

Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm in the News! 

Bay View Compass Article  (click to view)

The Shepherd Express – “Growing Veggies (and a Stronger Community)”

City Farmer  News — “Milwaukee Urban Discovery Farm”

Wolf Peach Restaurant – Growing Partnership

The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service – “Can Urban Gardening Pay Off?”

 

Vegetable Publications and Research

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