Milwaukee County, WI will identify land plots and aim to create 100 new community gardens in time for Earth Day next year.
They will also partner with Growing Power to plant thousands of fruit trees, creating urban orchards throughout the county that will not only provide fresh fruit, but also green jobs, for Milwaukeeans.
Investing in food security is a worthy ambition for Milwaukee County. Inaction in the face of severe, inter-related health disparities such as infant mortality, obesity and high blood pressure will be much more costly.
So, this Earth Day, let’s invest in the sustainability of our community while at the same time removing barriers to healthy food access. In time, we will be able to watch the seeds of hope grow.