by Lee Gutowski Remember the “polar vortex” of the winter of 2017/2018? Of course, Wisconsinites do, but for Kaytee Luke, who moved to Riverwest that February from California, the weather was especially disconcerting. “I thought, oh no, what have I done? I mean, Mount Shasta would get weather and storms, but nothing like the polar […]
Community Garden Farmers School Program Plans 2016 Season
Health crisis? Hunger crisis? Local food production can address them both. According to the Zero Hunger Challenge, a program presented by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, the only way to end world hunger is through sustainable small-plot farming. Some think this kind of initiative is only needed in third world countries. However, UN […]
Author’s Note: My upcoming book, Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, UFOlogists, and Other Paranormal Investigators (June 1, 2015, Chicago Review Press) saw me travel through nine states to meet people who study and track unknown entities. Curious as to what I might be missing in my own backyard, I put out […]
Neighbor Spotlight – Jan Christensen
It’s hard to talk about both urban agriculture and Riverwest without Jan Christensen’s name coming up. When I suggested that she be the Neighbor Spotlight, Jan looked at me quizzically, put her head on her desk, and laughed. But no one in the Currents office could deny that it did made sense to feature her […]
The Winds of Change are Blowing!
Hang on to your hat! After 12 years as the Advertising Manager and editor of the Further Down Stream page, this issue will be my last one with the Riverwest Currents. Life is drifting in a different direction and I have accepted a full time position with the City of Milwaukee, starting in July. As […]