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.
Through the vision of founders Sharon and Larry Adams, 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!
Innovation & Wellness Commons
In October 2015, Outpost opened a pop-up grocery store at the Phase I Innovation & Wellness Commons at 17th and North Ave. in Milwaukee. The store was the direct result of ongoing collaboration with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Since the initial opening, the Outpost space has changed hands to incubate small independent entrepreneurs through programs supported by Alice's Garden and the Outpost Makers Market, PopUP MKE as a project of Local Initiative Support Coaltion (LISC) and the North Avenue "Marketplace" BID 32. Outpost is proud to support continued development fostered by Walnut Way and Phase II, along the North Avenue/North Fondy corridor. Look for great things to come!
(Photo October 2015)