Walnut Way Conservation Corp
Meet Walnut Way
Walnut Way Conservation Corp is a resident-driven organization founded and run by neighbors living in Milwaukee's central city community bound by North Avenue, Fond du Lac Avenue, 12th Street and Walnut Street. Walnut Way works as a mediating organization to lift up neighborhood revitalization strategies that include resident-driven social, economic and environmental development.
Within this community, 87 percent of residents are African American, about four percent are Hispanic or Latino, 50 percent of persons age 25 and older have achieved a high school diploma or higher, 41 percent of families live in poverty. This is just a snapshot. One thing is for certain, Walnut Way neighborhood is woven together with creativity, friendliness and vitality.
Walnut Way has become an urban revitalization and environmental leader collaborating with many public agencies, business and nonprofit organizations to create an abundant and sustainable community. They have successfully reclaimed their neighborhood, driven out crime, restored century-old homes, helped to construct new owner-occupied homes, transformed vacant lots into productive gardens, installed 40 rain gardens, planted a fruit orchard, offered programming to local youth, provided social and educational resources for adults and created a close-knit community of caring residents. Whew!
NEWS: TMJ4 Highlights the Wellness Commons for Black History Month
SOURCE: TMJ4 Milwaukee, February 18, 2021
Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Executive Director Antonio Butts showed us around as the finishing touches are being put on the building. Each room represents a need in our community. One of them is counseling.
“So many people are going to be healed through this,” said Kenyata Davis.
NEWS: Lindsay Heights Honored as Milwaukee's First Eco-Neighborhood Tour Destination
SOURCE: Milwaukee Independent, April 22, 2019
Walnut Way Conservation and the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office, hosted a ribbon cutting on April 18 at Fondy Market, to celebrate the completion of green infrastructure and clean energy projects in the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood, as well as the city’s first Eco Tour designation.
Learn from Walnut Way's founders!