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Strong Roots Awards
December 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
Milwaukee Community Garden leaders, community organizers, gardeners and interested residents join us Saturday December 9th 2017 11:30am-1:30pm for Groundwork Milwaukee’s annual Strong Roots Awards at Centennial Hall 733 North 8th Street.
Groundwork Milwaukee’s Strong Roots Awards event celebrates Milwaukee’s amazing urban agriCULTURE by convening individuals who care deeply about this work – to recognize innovative and effective urban gardens.
Groundwork supports individuals and community organizations working to transform vacant lots into community gardens. Groundwork currently leases over 100 vacant lots on behalf of community groups across Milwaukee. Our Green Team helps to build community gardens and rainwater harvesting structures at the gardens.
While working hand-in-hand with community garden leaders, we are continuously impressed by the dedication and ingenuity of individuals and communities at solving problems to create a better city. Though Milwaukee is nationally recognized for its leadership in urban agriculture, neighborhood residents who work tirelessly to improve their community by creating and maintaining community gardens often do not receive their deserved attention.
Groundwork’s Strong Roots Awards raises up community gardens for their accomplishments in several categories: harvest, community involvement, rain water harvest systems and creative use of space. The awards support the gardens work. By recognizing the strengths of these gardens we can help to highlight models of success for community gardens across the city.
Here are descriptions of the categories:
This award is intended to recognize gardens that are successful in growing fruit and vegetables. What we’re looking for – photos of healthy gardens and meals made with ingredients right from the garden. Success includes:
Lots of produce harvested
Quality of produce harvested beautiful and unique varieties are great!
Consideration will be given to photo submissions should that include images of crops on the plant, after harvest, preparation and a meal with happy people enjoying the harvest!
Gardens are a great place to gather to build community. What we’re looking for – photos of happy community gatherings or unique community engagement in your garden. Success includes:
Successful gardens may host events*
Creativity used to increase community involvement is encouraged
Gardens should demonstrate cross neighborhood/community connections
Intergenerational involvement is encouraged
* Events should take place at the garden.
Rainwater Harvest System
Groundwork encourages gardens to capture water for use on site. This increases the sustainability of the garden and supports the health of our Great Lake! What we’re looking for: images of rainwater harvest systems, use of the water to water healthy gardens. If possible – photos of construction are encouraged.
Examples of rainwater capturing include:
Harvesting rain water from an existing building or new garden structure
*Special recognition will be given to approaches that are effective and replicable.
Placemaking – Creative Use of Space
No two gardens are alike. We seek to highlight diversity and creative uses of space including and beyond the gardens. This award recognizes the value of art in increasing community involvement in gardens.
Art projects may include:
Painted rain barrel, totes
Please join us for this special event in recognizing community residents and leaders!
Food will be provided for guests.
Tickets can purchased on eventbrite or in person Monday through Wednesday 9am-4pm.