Alice’s Garden provides models of regenerative farming, community cultural development, and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape. We recognize the cultivating, preparing, and preserving of food, and food traditions, as cultural arts to be reclaimed and celebrated fully in urban agriculture.
History of the land where Alice’s Garden is today:
• 1832-Native Indian Sauk leader ends resistance over land takeover.
• 1833-The Treaty of Chicago is the second of two treaties signed between natives and Americans in a settlement agreement for what became Chicago, Illinois.
• 1834-Sam Brown and two others become the first whites to set up farms on this newly settled land.
• 1842-With the help of Sam Brown, a 16-year old fugitive slave named Caroline Quarlls becomes the first to use the Wisconsin Underground Railroad.
• 1948-The idea to construct the ParkEast freeway along the location of the Wisconsin Underground Railroad was proposed.
o Between this time and 1971 construction began on the North side of Milwaukee, neighborhoods surrounding were torn down for space, only to be followed by news that the freeway project would be cancelled.
• 1972- Some twenty years following the destruction of neighborhoods, a garden is established in the space on 21st and Garfield.
• 2001-Alice Meade-Taylor, longtime advocate for urban community programs within Milwaukee, passes away and the garden on Garfield finally receives it’s name: Alice’s Garden.
• 2004-Milwaukee Youth and Venice Williams collaborate to start Seedfolk Youth Ministries, which worked towards expanding activities and events within the garden.
• 2005-For 5 years following the Johnson Park initiative, the Center for Resilient Cities fundraises to rehabilitate Alice’s Garden for improved use.
• 2014-Venice Williams becomes the first executive director of Alice’s Garden
Today-Alice’s Garden has become a dream come true for the neighborhood residents and the many people and organizations whose hands and visions have made the garden the jewel that it is today. This is due to the many projects, workshops, and events held that connect the community with one another.
At Alice’s Garden, all water is sacred water. The garden is in the midst of a project that will enable them to harvest water from the playground of the school right next to the garden, filter it, store it, and then use it to water crops. Harvesting, conserving, honoring the sacredness of water is a core value at Alice’s Garden.
The Alice’s Garden Rainwater Harvesting Project is designed to provide a more sustainable water source for the gardeners while also managing, through green infrastructure, a significant amount of stormwater runoff that would otherwise enter the combined sewer system. Learn more about the rainwater harvesting project.
Alice’s Garden Artisan Markets
Every Tuesday until Oct 27, visit Alice’s Garden Farm to shop with local makers, nourish your body with great food, take a free yoga class, or just sit and soak in the beauty all around you! You must wear a mask to enter the garden. View details here.