Alice’s Garden Urban Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Alice’s Garden is a place of hope, reverence for life, and community. As soon as Al and I stepped through the gate, we smelled the good earth. It felt soft under my hooves. We saw people helping each other as they tended their gardens. Everywhere...

Red Stone Rice

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) Red Stone Rice LLC was founded by Michael Schläppi, a professor of biology at Marquette University. Funded by grants from Marquette University and the US Department of Agriculture, his research identified a high-yielding Southern Russian rice variety that could withstand the colder weather in Wisconsin....

Introducing . . . The Glass Pantry!

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) The Glass Pantry is a zero waste, bulk store located in Milwaukee, WI. You bring the containers, we provide the goods. It’s that simple! Our goal is to make zero waste shopping easy, accessible, and fun. Living mindfully and producing less waste should not be...

Braise

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) As the premier farm-to-table restaurant in Milwaukee, a culinary school, a restaurant supported agriculture business, and a home delivery service, Braise is a keystone player in the local food community. “Have I mentioned, Al, that hippos are a keystone species? We are, in fact, known...

The Beevangelists

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird), but mostly by Al “Hippo!” said Al as he landed upon my head. “I’ve met someone!” “Yeah?” I said, thoughts of a love story filling my head. “I met Charlie Koenen, the beevangelist, on a rooftop! He spreads the gospel of the bees in and...

Meuer Farm

Written by Hippo (a hippopotamus) and Al (a bird) “Hippo!” exclaimed Al. “Look at this! David and Leslie Meuer won the Leopold Conservation Award for Meuer Farm! Remember Aldo Leopold?” “How could I forget?” I replied. “He wrote The Sand County Almanac where we learned about the land ethic.” Ethics direct all members of...

ONO KINE GRINDZ

Ono Kine Grindz Review

Written By: Hippo (a Hippopotamus) with help from Al (a bird) Ono Kine Grindz North Avenue Storefront There I stood, in the middle of North Avenue; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; head spinning, ears ringing, heart racing, and Al (under my hat, as usual) pecking on my head while automobiles honked and squealed from all directions,...

Tricklebee Cafe

by Hippo (a hippopotamus) with help from Al (a bird) Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can community café that offers healthy meals, food-service training, and spiritual nourishment. We are a ministry of the Moravian Church in America. After completing her twenty hours of community service at Tricklebee Café, Lakeya, a 17-year-old girl from a single-parent...