Education BA from Clark College and a Master of Social Work from UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Awarded the 2012 GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award from UW-Milwaukee.
Experience Gretchen’s outlook was shaped by her upbringing in rural Illinois, where her family harvested the bounty of nearby forests in addition to cultivating a family garden. Her approach to urban agriculture is informed by the principles of permaculture, a theory of ecological design that aims to work with nature instead of against it.
Skills Gretchen’s aspiration is to reintegrate our food ecology and our human ecology together in one system. She points out, “Our current agriculture system happens away from where people live; our goal is to reintegrate those systems.”