UWM’s growing garden movement – rooftops included

With winter on the doorstep, we figured it’s never too early to look ahead to the greener days of a Wisconsin spring. And by green, we’re of course talking green beans, green peppers, spring greens, leaf lettuce, spinach, basil, cucumbers… Hungry yet?

From one corner of campus to the other, UW-Milwaukee Restaurant Operations, along with the UWM Food & Garden Club and students in a Conservation and Environmental Science class, tend more than 2,000 square feet of gardens. It’s an effort to reduce the food mile and promote UWM’s sustainability mission.

The growing (pun intended) movement isn’t limited to your typical campus green space. This summer, 300 pounds of veggies were harvested from a UWM rooftop. In this video, you’ll meet several green-thumbed Panthers, including a Kenosha County farmer who earned bragging rights back home after her sky-high city garden outgrew everyone’s expectations.