Below you will find examples of community projects on which we have taken a leadership role. 

Hmong Cultural and Community Agency(HCCA)  Garden Project

In 2014 we were privileged to renovate the landscaping at the old Century Link building on East Ward Ave. It is owned by 360 Real Estate Solutions and consists of office spaces, including the new home of the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development . During the design phase of the project, we collaborated with 360 Real Estate Solutions and Borton Construction to establish a garden space for the HCCA. Serendipitously, upon installation of this garden, the HCCA was notified that their previous garden space was no longer available for them. A formal hedge of raspberries, plum trees, chokeberries, and serviceberries was created around the entire garden to define the space. Now, when employees and visitors enter the building, they can literally pick fruit to snack on their way. Of course, the birds love it, too.

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La Crosse Habitat for Humanity ReStore

At the new La Crosse Habitat for Humanity Restore location, we installed 4 "biofilter" or rain gardens, constructed a variety of berms and swales, and planted literally 1000's of native and edible plants to manage the storm water running off of this site. Since stormwater runoff is the #1 source of pollution in urban areas, the ecological impact of this project was immense. We also facilitated volunteer work days, donated 5 raised garden beds, installed a 250 gallon rain barrel system, and built a fence around the dumpster area out of sustainably harvested,  black locust lumber. In the spring, we plan to fill the garden boxes with annual food plants and install a pervious parking area for the staff. 
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Veterans  and Workforce Development Community Garden

 Inspired by the Hmong Cultural and Community Agency garden, a group of military veterans and employees from the Department of Workforce Development approached us for assistance in creating a small community garden for them.  Of course, we were honored to be a part of this project. We removed the sod, amended the soil with organic compost, and soon the planting began.

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Boy Scouts Sustainability Camp

  At Camp Decorah, just north of Holmen, WI, Judson spent the day teaching boy scouts how to create an ecologically sustainable garden project. The scouts ranged from aged 7-11 years old and were participating in a week long camp, the theme of which was sustainability. On the northeast corner of a recently remodeled building, they removed about 10 tractor loads of dirt, rock, and debris from what would become the garden. Judson taught them the basics of drystone masonry, composting, grading, safety around machines, and the proper use of tools. They spread compost and mulch, laid stone edging, and ultimately established a garden area that will be planted with part-shade tolerant Wisconsin native plants at camp next year.
 

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