While we don’t yet have a brick-and-mortar facility, you can find Annie teaching classes at various venues in the metro-Milwaukee area. Here are a few of the locations at which she has formed solid community relationships.
Urban Ecology Center
The UEC began with a community of concerned neighbors who wanted to take back their neighborhood park (Riverside Park) and make it safe again. In 1991, by a neighborhood grassroots effort, they began park cleanups and started to use the park to teach neighborhood students about nature and science.
In 2004, after years of operating out of a double-wide classroom trailer, the Center opened a new community and environmental education center in this same park. The facility has classrooms designed especially for school programs as well as space dedicated to the community for potlucks, meetings, lectures and recreational activities.
Today, the Urban Ecology Center has three locations in Milwaukee and is a vibrant and growing organization, serving 77,000+ people each year and protecting and restoring urban green spaces in Milwaukee.
The UEC’s Sustainable Food program with its focus on community building, mindful eating, and protecting the environment reflects the goals and mission of The Mindful Palate.
Bay View Community Center
The Bay View Community Center is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to develop individuals, provide support, and strengthen families; it has been serving those in southeastern Wisconsin since 1978.
BVCC provides a variety of programs and classes for children, activities for seniors, family events, and health enrichment programs for adults. Food and Nutrition classes includes educational workshops and classes that feature the latest cooking trends, ethnic cuisines and nutrition. BVCC’s mission for healthy individuals, families, and communities is an ideal fit with The Mindful Palate’s goals.
St. Francis Library
The St. Francis Library, in the south shore of Milwaukee County is part of our regional library system. Its mission is to build community by bringing people, information, and ideas together in a welcoming environment. Along with professional, personal, and friendly service SFL provides access to high-quality resources and is an important community partner in early literacy and lifelong learning.
8 Branches Chinese Medicine
8branches serves as a community resource and Chinese medicine healing center in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to empower individuals to take an active role in their own health and well being. Practitioners offer education, support and guidance through private treatments and small classes.
The Eco-Justice Center
The Eco-J is an environmental education center founded in 2004 by the Racine Dominicans. They are committed to protecting the land, as well as the plant and animal species that live on the property. The Eco-Justice Center aims to model sustainable, simple living, reverencing the land and all who have lived in this place before us.
Organic gardening, raising chickens, geese, ducks, and caring for alpacas are some ways they’re living in a mutually enhancing relationship with Earth and those who share this land with us.