The Lands We Share: Danell Cross & Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden


By The Lands We Share | February 13, 2019

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  • Members of the Young Cats (Community Action Team) of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and GroundWork Milwaukee with supervisor Alex Hagler at their Legacy Garden. (Photo by Shoua Yang)

Members of the Young Cats (Community Action Team) of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and GroundWork Milwaukee with supervisor Alex Hagler at their Legacy Garden. (Photo by Shoua Yang)

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Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden in Milwaukee has transformed several vacant lots into a vibrant place for community gatherings and education. The garden is overseen by the Metcalfe Park Community Bridges organization and GroundWork Milwaukee, which provides modest stipends for neighborhood kids to work on the garden in the summer months. The Lands We Share farming history project visited the garden and spoke with Community Bridges director, Danell Cross. She talks about what gardening means to her, the community, and the city of Milwaukee.

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The Lands We Share is an oral history project and traveling exhibit on the diversity of farming in Wisconsin. The exhibit is at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society in Milwaukee through March 1, 2019. The Metcalfe Park Community Dinner and Conversation will be held at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges director Danell Cross. (Photo by Max Cozzi)

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges director Danell Cross. (Photo by Max Cozzi)

The Lands We Share

The Lands We Share initiative includes a traveling exhibition and public dialogue tour that focuses on the intersection of farming, land, ethnic culture and history in Wisconsin. The exhibit will feature the stories, histories, artifacts, images and sounds of six culturally and regionally distinct farms and farm sites and invites...
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