Healthy Soil for Our Families

  • Tags :
    Environmental Stewardship
    Who Can Participate :
    Adults and teens
    Families
    Youth (youth activities are available while adults participate in the workshop. RSVP & parental guardian required)
    Location :
    Walnut Way Center and Gardens
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Our 9 year Growing Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities gardening workshops has completed. We aimed to reduce the harmful levels of lead in soil and enhance neighbors gardening experiences! Urban agriculture and gardening in Milwaukee is a thriving movement. Many organizations and individuals are actively involved in community and backyard gardening. However, Lindsay Heights and nearby communities should take precautions to avoid exposure to harmful lead levels.

The Growing Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities project was a community academic partnership that utilizes principles of community-based participatory research.  Partners included Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Walnut Way Conservation Corp., the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, UW-Extension and the Milwaukee Health Department.  Study Goals included demonstrating the effectiveness of soil and landscape interventions, increasing environmental health literacy, increasing awareness of existing policies influencing safe backyard gardening, and engagement in policy formation to support sustainable change.

Get Involved: Imagining a Future without Lead

Our Growing Healthy Soil Program is complete and culminated with a gathering on June 15th, 2019 at Tech High School. We gathered with lunch, storytelling, and panel discussion. The project team will shared their findings.

Contact Jeremy Davis: jeremy@walnutway.org for more information.