Milwaukee aims to turn extra land into urban ag

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's largest city is looking to urban farmers and food processors to help it put a flood of tax-foreclosed properties back to use.

Martha Brown of Department of City Development says Milwaukee has about 4,100 buildings and lots on its hands.

It costs taxpayers millions of dollars to either renovate or demolish those buildings, and just mowing lots costs thousands of dollars each year.

The city is looking to turn over some properties for as little as $100 to residents who want to grow gardens, create parks and establish food-related businesses. The goal is to improve neighborhoods and residents' access to healthy food.