Waukesha Community Garden

Providing Nutrition to Families in Need

Poverty exists in even the most well-to-do areas. While Waukesha is the most affluent county in Wisconsin, nearly 6 percent of the population is living below the poverty line. Healthy food options often cost more and require more time to make. Safe Babies, Healthy Families; Waukesha Community Health Center; and Good Samaritan Church wanted to help local, low-income families make healthier food choices for themselves and their children. By exposing children to healthy nutrition and teaching them to grow their own food, they are more more productive and healthier — creating a domino effect of healthier choices and families.

OUR ROLE

FMFM established a community garden for families from Safe Babies, Healthy Families; Waukesha Community Health Center; and Good Samaritan Church.

  • Donated Supplies: Materials for raised beds, fertilizer, seed, gardening tools
  • Total Raised: $1,000

THE OUTCOME

A total of nine children and six adults who are all living well beyond the poverty level cooperatively plant, care for and harvest the garden. Together they grow tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers and onions to nourish their children through this sustainable food source.  The land will serve families in need for years to come, and the lessons will be shared with future generations.