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There’s a national movement afoot to grow more food in cities.

And the Milwaukee area stands out as an urban agricultural hotbed, as raised gardens multiply in backyards, empty lots and community spaces. Another promising piece of urban food production is called “aquaponics”.

They’re systems that combine fish and produce.

On this final day of our Project Milwaukee series on the local food economy, Environmental Reporter Susan Bence introduces us to local innovators using this fishy model to inspire future leaders.

As part of our special broadcast to conclude Project Milwaukee, WUWM’s Bob Bach interviewed Paulette Flynn, Executive Director of SHARE Wisconsin. SHARE is a food-buying club, which offers families discounts on food purchases in exchange for volunteer work. The local branch serves more than 21,000 people each month at nearly 200 locations in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, northeastern Minnesota, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Today, we continue our Project Milwaukee Series: What’s On Our Plate? We’re exploring the impact the food industry has on the local economy. As we reported yesterday, more than 14,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area work for food and beverage manufacturers. But the number grows by thousands, when you include the workforce involved in building machinery for the food industry and moving its products, as well as making them more appealing. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited a few local employers that enhance Wisconsin’s food industry. When most people go to the grocery store, they probably don’t give much thought to all the work that goes into making the items on the shelves. I mean really, when was the last time you thought about what went into making your strawberry yogurt the perfect color? Well that’s what Dina Dicks does every day. She works for CHR Hanson in West Allis. The company makes coloring and other food additives. Dina and I met in one of the company lab.

Southeastern Wisconsin has long been a leader in the world of manufacturing. That reputation might conjure images of machinery and tools. But nine percent of the items manufactured here are food products.

There are more than 250 food and beverage factories in southeastern Wisconsin, and the economic development group, the M7, estimates that those companies employ more than 14,000 workers and generate nearly $600 million in annual salaries. In this installment of “Project Milwaukee: What’s on our Plate?” WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to several operations that have been growing.

Wisconsin has long been known as the ‘dairy’ state, but it actually grows the biggest variety of crops in the nation. Farmers here are tops in cranberries, while soy is also huge, so is corn. Wisconsin is also near the top when it comes to growing and processing vegetables and meats. In this segment of our series, “Project Milwaukee: What’s On Our Plate,” we touch upon just a few of the products and related operations that link farm to market.

Organic Farming Factor

Nov 16, 2010

Wisconsin is second only to California, in the number of organic farms operating in the state.

The numbers, though, are still fairly low.

Of Wisconsin’s 78,000 farms, less than two percent are managed organically.

As we continue Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?” WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence digs a little deeper into the variety and spirit among the state’s organic farmers.

WUWM begins a week-long look at the state's food economy in our series, Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? The foods that are grown here have always been intertwined with the state's history. Some analysts believe food is also key to the region's future. In our first installment, Ann-Elise Henzl reports on how Wisconsin became so closely associated with food.

Golf Takes Center Stage in Wisconsin

Aug 16, 2010
Golf
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Southeastern Wisconsin will play host to five major golf tournaments over the next ten years. The tournaments will give golf fans a unique opportunity to see some of the sport’s best players on a regular basis. There are several reasons why Wisconsin is so attractive to PGA and USGA.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Last month's floods made life more desperate for people with limited means. That's according to the latest Vital Signs report the Greater Milwaukee Foundation released Monday. It gauges the level of economic need in the four-county area. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl visited an older Milwaukee woman who can no longer live in her home, to find out how she's coping.

Ann-Elise Henzl

When you think of urban birds, images of sparrows or seagulls might come to mind. But there are 30 pairs of nesting peregrine falcons in Wisconsin, many right in the city. At one point the sleek birds of prey were wiped out, probably because of the pesticide DDT. Peregrines are still endangered. But they're doing pretty well these days, according to researchers who monitor them. Ann-Elise Henzl tagged along as a falcon expert checked on chicks born just a few weeks ago.

School Funding

Jun 4, 2010

Over the past week, WUWM has been exploring barriers to achievement in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Today, on the final day of our Project Milwaukee series, we ask the question: is more generous funding the key to producing better grades? As WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl learned, it depends on whom you ask.

It’s often been said that it takes a village to raise a child. While the old African proverb may be a bit cliché, some Milwaukee area businesses have taken it to heart. In the final installment of our Project Milwaukee series about educating Milwaukee’s children, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports on how companies are teaming up with Milwaukee Public Schools to boost student success. It’s just after lunch at Hartford University School on the campus of UW-Milwaukee. The class I’m visiting is Project Lead the Way.

We now continue out Project Milwaukee series, exploring the barriers that confront thousands of Milwaukee Public School students. Today, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to one of the lowest performing schools in the state: Bay View High School on the city’s south side. She spoke with teachers and other adult leaders there about educating a relatively large number of students who are struggling academically or personally.

MPS Superintendent Andrekopoulos

Jun 3, 2010
Dani Gellings & Cynthia Hoffman

In this Project Milwaukee segment, Bob Bach interviews outgoing MPS superintendent William Andrekopoulos. Their conversation was broadcast live, before a studio audience, as part of our special coverage.

The Obama Administration Weighs in

Jun 3, 2010
Dani Gellings & Cynthia Hoffman

WUWM's Bob Bach hosted Morning Edition before a studio audience, as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS. WUWM's live, remote broadcast took place on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 from 6 am to 11 am on the ground level of the Chase Tower.

In this segment, he speaks over the phone with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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