US (WI): Micro farm in Milwaukee plans to expand, adding more jobs

A micro-farm in the heart of Milwaukee's central city is planning an expansion to bring more fresh produce to one of the city's poorest neighborhoods − while also training people for urban agricultural jobs.

The farm operates at the nonprofit Dominican Center, which works to revitalize and support the Amani neighborhood − with around 7,000 residents between North 20th and North 30th streets and West North and West Keefe avenues.

The farm's growth plan is exciting, said Maricha Harris, Dominican Center executive director.

"We have a big vision of what we want to do with urban agriculture," Harris told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dominican Center, 2470 W. Locust St., launched the operation in 2019.

It's among a growing number of urban farms nationwide. That includes Milwaukee's central city, where many families regularly face challenges with finding nearby markets that provide fresh greens and vegetables.

"Our goal is to be able to make sure our community can access fresh produce," Harris said.


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