Garden District Urban Orchard Unveiled

Ald. Terry Witkowski and city officials celebrated the latest addition to the Garden District.

The Garden District Urban Orchard was unveiled this morning. Alderman Terry L. Witkowski was joined by County Supervisor Jason Haas, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Executive Director Kevin Schafer, Green Corridor Chairman Bryan Simon and representatives from the City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability, Energy Exchange, Inc., the Garden District Neighborhood Association and Gateway to Milwaukee for the unveiling at S. 6th St. and W. Norwich Ave.

According to a press release from Ald. Witkowski, “The fruit tree orchard at the farmers’ market site is located in the Green Corridor, a portion of S. 6th Street which was designated by the city as a fully-sustainable living laboratory for environmentally-friendly practices. Rainwater from permeable pavement at the farmers’ market parking lots drains into holding tanks and is then used to provide regular watering for the orchard.”

“To our knowledge, this is the first such sustainable urban orchard in Milwaukee,” Alderman Witkowski said in the release. “I believe it could be used as a model that can be replicated to help grow healthy food in neighborhoods across the city.”
Witkowski has also announced additional events in the Garden District, including:
  • June 20 and June 27, Saturday:
    • Garden District Farmers’ Market
      • 1 – 5 p.m. (S. 6th St. and Howard Ave.)
  • July 7, Tuesday:
    • Garden District Garden Meeting: “Making Bouquets from Garden Flowers”
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • Water Tower — 4001 S. 6th St., 3rd floor