Members of our staff attended the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Milwaukee, WI, last week!

“The conference explores the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, providing space to showcase innovation and creating a forum in which new ideas can arise. It brings people together around these common challenges and equips them to return home and effect real, on-the-ground change. Themed “Groundswell: Rising to the Challenge,” the eighth RVP celebrated the growing movement of people dedicated to revitalizing distressed communities, and explored how to harness that energy to tackle the difficult fiscal and policy challenges communities face today. Conference sessions highlighted work from around the country, including the host city, Milwaukee.” via RVP.

They also toured Alice’s Garden, a two-acre, urban farm / community garden in the heart of the city!

“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.” – via Venice Williams

Thank you, Milwaukee, for an exciting and educational week!