As the gardening season wraps up, the Young Farmers of Milwaukee celebrate this year’s successes at Kilbourn Park’s community garden on North Avenue this Saturday from 10:30-12:30. Community members and CSA members will join the celebration. Demonstrating the importance of relationships in our community, neighbors and farmers will meet and share stories with the program this summer. The Young Farmers will answer questions about their experiences in the program and the insights gained, which contributed to the mural.
The Young Farmer Education Program coordinates a mini CSA (community supported agriculture) program for high-school aged, youth in Milwaukee. Managing their own CSA provides an opportunity for self-employment and opportunities for experiential based learning in garden maintenance, distribution and marketing.
The mural – a collaborative effort between local visual artist Tia Richardson and the Young Farmers – highlights the impacts of agriculture on the community and environment. It is the result of numerous hours of collective brainstorming, planning, sketching, painting; and created from a space of compassionate listening to each other’s stories.
Next season the Young Farmers will seek to increase their customer base, helping meet the demands for locally grown, organic produce in Milwaukee. The mural will be housed in a local business for the winter months where community awareness about the Young Farmers’ vision can grow.