Carriere, Michael H.
Michael H. Carriere is an associate professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where he teaches courses on American history, environmental studies, and urban design. He is also director of MSOE's University Scholars Honors Program and co-director of ReciproCITY, a mobile arts collective based in Milwaukee. He has written on the the topic of urban agriculture for such publications as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Aggregate, and the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. He is currently working on a history of urban agriculture in Milwaukee.
How did you become engaged in working on food systems issues?
“As an urban historian based in Milwaukee, I was drawn to the work that such urban farmers as Will Allen were doing in the early twenty-first century (when I moved to the city). I was struck by the fact that such efforts were transforming things like vacant lots and abandoned buildings into sites of production. To me, this seemed like a useful way to begin to heal the wounds associated with both industrialization and deindustrialization. Urban agriculture could provide jobs through processes which did not harm the environment. I have been a believer ever since.”
What drew you to support the cooperative as a founding board member? What value do you see in the cooperative of IUAN?
“I want to play my part in helping Milwaukee become a global leader in the field of urban agriculture. At the same time, I want to make sure that the CIUAN understands the importance of the social sciences and the arts to the movement. The cooperative has the potential to create a host of relationships that would never have been possible without such a guiding force.”