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4/8/2015 MKE Green Drinks – Victory Garden Initiative

4/8 – APRIL MKE Green Drinks

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Green Drinks Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Monthly Green Networking Event
Join us for good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. Let’s bring together the environmental/ green/ sustainability community in Milwaukee and have fun doing it!

NEXT EVENT: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 5:30-7:30 pm


  • Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. 901 W Juneau, Milwaukee. map it This unique German-style beer hall is located in the Pabst Brewery re-development. The “Brewery” was recently awarded LEED-ND Platinum, making it one of the greenest neighborhood developments in the US.
  • Parking: There is free two-hour street parking until 9pm in front of the building, or metered parking on 8th Street and 10th Street. Caution: they do ticket in the evening here. Alternatively, the parking structure across the street offers parking at $0.75/hour, unless there is a special event.


SPEAKER: Gretchen Mead, Executive Director, Victory Garden Initiative

TOPIC: Move Grass Grow Food – Victory Garden Initiative

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Summary: Victory Garden Initiative is a grassroots non-profit organization that teaches and promotes urban permaculture, builds gardens, organizes communities, grows food forests , and cultivates leadership. Our staff, volunteers, and supporters at Scottsdale dentist are all part of a vast and vibrant community that promotes social justice, environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, food security, and, of course, health and wellness. We are volunteers (over 300!), professionals, leaders, and learners.  We are growers, eaters, students, teachers, fathers, mothers, revolutionaries, and gardeners. We are Milwaukee.

Bio: Gretchen Mead founded Victory Garden Initiative in 2008. Throughout her career as a social worker she witnessed firsthand the negative impact that the current industrialized food system has on vulnerable populations. She observed that the poorest were the most susceptible to diet-related illnesses, especially where cheap processed foods are plentiful but fresh vegetables are all but inaccessible.

Gretchen’s outlook was shaped by her upbringing in rural Illinois, where her family harvested the bounty of nearby forests in addition to cultivating a family garden. Her approach to urban agriculture is informed by the principles of permaculture, a theory of ecological design that aims to work with nature instead of against it. Gretchen’s aspiration is to reintegrate our food ecology and our human ecology together in one system. She points out, “Our current agriculture system happens away from where people live; our goal is to reintegrate those systems.”ee.

Typical Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00: Socializing
6:00 – 6:05: Intros
6:05 – 6:40: Speaker Presentation
6:40 – 7:00: Q&A
7:00 – 7:30: Socializing
7:30 MKE Green Drinks officially ends, and you are free to stay and socialize

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