UWM's Food & Garden Club chose a site, based on a solar analysis, for the garden which sits adjacent to the Sandburg Dorms. The site currently has 2700 students looking down on or walking through it every day.
With today's corporate dependence on food we decided the primary objective of this project should be to initiate interest into students in producing their own source of food. This project will also paint a more sustainable picture for UWM and provide access to fresh, locally grown food for all UWM students and faculty.
In order to get students to engage with the garden, we seen the trail running through the site as an opportunity to spark interest.
By designing a Pergola with benches, and garden plots on either side, it serves as a destination point for people on the trail and is an entry point for the garden.
With the sloped site, terracing of the plots is required, which will also help slow the flow of water during storms into the sewers. The garden will contain public plots along with plots designated for Sandburg Food Operation, which will use the gardens to provide fresh food for the cafeteria.
The Sandburg Gardens are planned to be approved by UWM and constructed spring 2012.
A phase 2 of the project is currently in works which will include rain gardens, fruit trees, and composting.
Ariel Gonzalez Millan
Status: Under Construction
Location: Milwaukee, WI, US