Human Equality Love Project (HELP) and Toddlers and Kids on a Mission (TOAM)  are uniting once again for this collaborative summer project! We are excited to be partnering with TOAM to bring to you our Second Annual Gardening for Good, aka GFG 2018. We are two organizations based in Milwaukee where we direct our focuses toward racial, social, and environmental justice with local and national projects. We have rented TWO garden plots at Atwater School in Shorewood. Families will have the opportunity to get dirty, tend and explore the garden, and harvest food to donate to our local partners at Riverwest Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul meal program. Green thumbs are not required. If you should have questions or need assistance during your week, we will provide that!

PURPOSE: Take responsibility for and nurture a community garden with your family for one week (Monday through Sunday) this summer at Atwater School.

IMPACT: In addition to the immediate benefits of gardening with family, the Riverwest Food Pantry will receive harvested crop donations from our garden and we will utilize our harvest foods to feed members of the St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program at All People’s Church in the Harambee neighborhood.


  1. June 3, 4:00-5:00pm Gardening Orientation and Planting Day at our Atwater Plots (rain date Saturday June 9, 9-10am)**, all participating families will have the opportunity to plant seeds and seedlings.
  2. All summer, each family will take ONE WEEK (Monday through Sunday) to weed and tend the garden. The week of September 18th, we will invite the families to come back to the garden to harvest the crops. During your family’s assigned week, we ask you stop by the garden at least three times to tend the garden. Once our participating families have registered, we will communicate the “planting and harvest days” via email. We are also working on a “farm field trip” to either Barthels in Mequon or Growing Power in Milwaukee.
  3. Related activities with more info pending: CSA Leftovers Collection ongoing, Barthels Strawberry Trip for St. Vincent De Paul.


Sunday, June 3, 2018 (Orientation Day)**
The HELP Project & TOAM

Weeks Available for G4G Summer, 2018

June 11-June 17 ∙∙ June 18-June 24 ∙∙ June 25-July 1 ∙∙ July 2-July 8  ∙∙ July 9-July 15 ∙∙ July 16-July 22 ∙∙  July 23-July 29 ∙∙ July 30-August 5  ∙∙ August 6-August 12 ∙∙ August 13-August 19 ∙∙ August 20-August 26 ∙∙ August 27-September 2 ∙∙ September 3-September 9 ∙∙ September 10-September 16 ∙∙ September 17-September 23 ∙∙ September 24- September 30 (Clean up)

PARTICIPANT CAP – 14 families

COST – None (HELP and TOAM shared the cost of the garden plot)


Please bring your own tools to the garden. If you do not have tools available, please contact Brooke Shawver-Levin at (

Parenting information on gardening with kids:


Atwater Elementary School, Milwaukee Wi  – View Map