Through the practice of Regenerative Neighborhood Development, Sweet Water Foundation offers an inclusive, art-inspired and agriculture-fed approach to neighborhood development through built projects and installations.



On September 23, 2017, over 300 community members gathered to engage in the historic Thought Barn Raising. It is the first timber frame barn located in the City of Chicago since the Great Chicago Fire and brings a visual and performing arts, reflection, and community gathering space to the heart of the Perry Ave Commons.


To extend our reach beyond our physical sites, Sweet Water Foundation partners with art and educational institutions across the country to demonstrate the possibilities of Regenerative Neighborhood Development and inspire others to engage in the transformation of their communities.  




Once a shipping container that transported grape juice concentrate from Argentina, the Think-Do Pod now stands as a gallery, greenhouse and learning laboratory.  The Pod is a physical manifestation of Sweet Water Foundation's practice of "turning wastes into resources" and demonstrates the power of Regenerative Neighborhood Development to tackle our planet's most pressing challenges.


The Heart Haus is a Holistic Living Centre located in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Centre is a living experiment in sustainable living that boasts front and backyard vegetable gardens and a basement aquaponics system. The Heart Haus hosts classes and workshops on sustainable living and has attracted visitors from all over the world to share their resources, ideas and abilities toward strengthening our local community.