Wisconsin fire department creates 'flex farms' to address community need

  • Source: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee
  • Published: 08/15/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have found another way to help the community, using their green thumbs to grow fresh food year round. It's part of a pilot program called "Gardens for First Responders," but fire crews aren't the only ones getting their hands in the soil. "I knew that our community needed growth; I knew we had food deserts," said Andre Lee Ellis with Community Agricultural Growing Experiences. When it comes to growth, the crew is coming together to plant the seeds. "We believe that everyone is a farmer. That is why we spend all our time developing technology that makes growing fresh food accessible," said Michael Hostad with Fork Farms. The technology, called "flex farms," will soon be found at fire stations across Milwaukee.


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