Wisconsin is not commonly known for its stellar weather. The recent frigid winter was preceded by a record drought Not the kind of weather that gets people dropping in for spring break. A student volunteer who grew up in Oregon told me last week that he had never experienced such gray weather.
Right now, it seems that Milwaukee has a serious case of the ‘grays.’ It has rained on and off for the past couple of days and will continue for a few more. The last of the winter’s snow and ice are melting, but there is a prediction for new snow later in the week. My wool socks are soaked inside of my pink Chuck Taylors. Looking out at our garden now, it looks like the rest of the city – a sad pall of rainy and gross.
Thankfully this sad grayness shall pass, and the evidence is all around us. Daffodils are peaking through on the grounds around the corner from the kitchen. My basement is alight in green with tomato, pepper, eggplant, herb and flower seedlings destined for both the CKMU/Marquette campus garden and my own personal garden. The compost bin, which froze solid when the temperatures dipped to the single digits, has thawed and is ready to be turned to make new soil. And the chives are starting to green up, preparing to flavor yet another season’s worth of food.
Our garden and the hope of summer that it inspires would not be possible without the generous support of our friends and donors in the Marquette community and beyond. So far this year, the Campus Kitchen at Marquette has provided over 5,000 meals to folks served by our 10 partner agencies throughout the city of Milwaukee.
Will you help us continue our much needed work in the community by helping us Raise the Dough for CKMU?
1. Invite 10 people to donate $10 during the campaign by sharing this message by email or on Facebook:
2. Invest in our work by making a donation. Your support will help us provide volunteer opportunities on campus, reduce food waste and create meals for our community. Visit our page here: Raise the Dough for CKMU!
3. Post to your Twitter or Facebook page between April 5-12 to help get the word out!
Example Tweet: Please help me raise $100 by April 12 to support @ckmarquette and #fighthunger! #RaiseDough bit.ly/10zqfvJ
Example Post: Will you help me support the Campus Kitchen at Marquette by making a donation between April 5 and April 12? Check out their great work to end food waste and fight hunger on their fundraising page: bit.ly/10zqfvJ.
Together with your support, we will continue to fight hunger in our community.