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Forestry Friday
Riverside Park

Friday, April 25th

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Food Fridays
Washington Park

Friday, April 25th

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • What We Do

    Grow Your Own Food

    There is nothing like getting your hands dirty in soil and watching a plant grow from a seedling to a mature, fruiting plant. The Urban Ecology Center provides many resources for people who are interested in growing their own food.

    Community garden plots

    For those of you who like to garden, but do not have a yard of your own, we have 37 community garden plots for rent. Gardeners spend the summer gardening alongside their neighbors, lend a helping hand (or green thumb) to each other, share a potluck dinner, and grow spectacular produce!

    Note: Community Garden plots are full for the 2012 growing season. Check back next year for availability.


    Worms are wonderful workers – they can turn your garbage into nutrient rich compost for your garden or houseplants. Our vermicomposting workshops will help you get a worm bin started and teach you how to maintain it. House, apartment, or business…vermicomposting can work for everyone. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming vermicomposting workshops.

    Swap some plants at a Plant Swap

    The Urban Ecology Center has teamed up with Milwaukee Urban Gardens to host an afternoon plant swap. Bring your extra veggie plants to swap with other people in the community in May. Exchange plants, stories, and gardening advice. Check our Events Calendar for details.

    Learn to garden

    Each spring the Urban Ecology Center offers a number of gardening classes for those who are new to gardening or who are interested in new gardening techniques. Upcoming gardening workshops will be listed on our Events Calendar.

    Join the Victory Garden Initiative

    Transform your backyard, front yard, rooftop or patio into a food production oasis.  Gardeners, from beginners to experts, support one another on their path to self-sufficient, sustainable and healthy food. Visit the Victory Garden Initiative's website here.

  • 1500 E. Park Pl

    Milwaukee, WI 53211

    (414) 964-8505

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    Monday - Thursday

    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday

    9 am - 5 pm


    Noon - 5 p.m.

    1859 N. 40th St.

    Milwaukee, WI 53208

    (414) 344-5460

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    Noon - 6pm


    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    3700 W Pierce St

    Milwaukee, WI 53215

    (414) 431-2940

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    Tuesday - Friday

    Noon - 7 pm


    9 am - 5 pm