Milwaukee County will soon be home to the largest urban organic fruit orchard in the U.S. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the first of 3,000 fruit trees, 4,000 asparagus plants, and more than 16,000 strawberry plants were planted recently at the orchard in Oak Creek, as part of the county’s Sowing, Empowering, and Eliminating Food Deserts Initiative.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic began the program in 2015. She says the orchard could serve as a learning opportunity about the need for access to healthy food options. Dimitrijevic says the benefits of the locally grown food are worth the $100,000 investment from the county. Milwaukee County Supervisor, Steve Taylor, says the produce will go to those in need, with schools and low-income residents getting access first.