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One million dollars and a movie

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Food, Love and Policy By Unknown #2 on November 1, 2010

A million dollars

We are big fans of the Urban Ecology Center in our house, and not just because the toilets flush with rainwater and they have a teepee and a giant turtle. Okay, those are the reasons, according to my kids, but I am a fan of the bigger picture and mission of the center. And sure... I like the toilets, too.

 

The latest UEC newsletter had some exciting updates, including news of a generous grant from the Environmental Protection Agency -- almost a million dollars -- to help the center and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee move ahead with plans to build an arboretum along the Milwaukee River. The competitive grant (part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) will pay for creation and preservation of 40 acres of 'wilderness' along the river. The two organizations will plant 1,000 trees, 500 shrubs and 100,000 herbaceous plants. They will remove six acres of invasive reed canary grass, and plant native species. And they will restore five acres of barren industrialized land. This will all take place between Locust Street and North Avenue, with a completion goal of 2013. 

 

All of this means new habitats for wildlife, resting stops for migrating birds, improved water quality for the river ... and countless volunteer opportunities (hint, hint). If you are interested in helping out, go to UrbanEcologyCenter.org for contact information.

 

A movie

In other news, Friends of Real Food -- a group that regularly meets at the center -- is hosting a movie night or two, with the featured documentary "My Father's Garden." The film explores sustainable agriculture and the contrast between chemical and organic farming, telling the story of two farmers -- a conventional farmer in the 1950s and an organic pioneer. 

 

The film airs on Wednesdays Nov. 3 and Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., donations appreciated.

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