Campus Gardens at UW-Milwaukee

The UWM Food & Garden Club brought campus gardens back to UWM. On Friday, May 27th, 2011, a mandatory furlough day, volunteers from across campus came together to build 50 raised bed gardens on the Physics south lawn. Campus gardens were once on site as victory gardens during World War I and II. Today they are part of an effort to reduce the "food mile" and share sustainability beyond the kilowatt hour.

Beginning The raised beds were designed for individual students, faculty, and staff to garden as they see fit. In addition to individual plots, the club will also oversee educational gardens, to be planted and maintained by students in a UWM Conservation and Environmental Science class, as well as a food garden for UWM's Restaurant Operations. Informal workshops and harvest festivals will be held by the Food and Garden Club throughout the year to bring gardeners together in learning and celebration.


On May 27th, 2011, UWM volunteers signed up to build the raised beds and fill them with compost. Several donations of material and time have made the gardens possible, along with registration fees for the individual plots.

Building Compost filling


Restaurant Operations Beds1Sandburg Gardens

Campus gardens were built in Spring 2012 next to the East Tower.

A pergola, pathways, and seating will also be added so that the campus community has access to enjoying these gardens.


Sandburg beds_viewfromwest


Campus Gardens feature:


Community beds

Restaurant Operations plots

Hazelnut, plum, pear and apricot trees


UWM Food and Garden Club

The UW-Milwaukee Food & Garden Club began during the fall semester of 2010, in conjunction with the Food for Thought program. Spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability at UWM, the Food & Garden Club in comprised of students, faculty, and staff. The group meets regularly, every two weeks, for garden planning. To be added to the UWM Food and Garden Club email list, please send your request to Kate Nelson at

Garden Documents

Raised beds_facing southwestUWM Food & Garden Club Mission
To develop & maintain campus gardens that provide access for UWM students, staff, and faculty 

-to grow healthy, affordable, local produce 

-to teach the skills and share the joys of food gardening and healthy eating

-to cultivate sustainability in lifestyles and the campus environment  

Campus Gardens-2016 Events

Next Meetings- TBD