by Natalie Kane
Events and Outreach Intern
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show those around us how thankful we are for them. The trouble? How to give a meaningful gift that friends and family will appreciate and use all year round. Whether you’re a pro gift-giver or someone who has no idea where to start, we’ve come up with some ideas for someone close to you or for a community member in need.
Give the gift of growth.
At VGI, we believe that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food all the time. This means you, your neighbors, your friends and family – EVERYONE! During the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ, VGI builds and installs raised beds all around the greater Milwaukee area. These raised beds make an inspiring gift for new homeowners, a great first step for someone looking to break free from our dominant food system, and even a treat for a seasoned gardener.
Through the BLITZ, you can also donate a raised-bed garden for a family in need, giving someone the ability to grow their own fresh, healthy food.
Can’t use a raised bed? VGI partners with LGarden to offer affordable, accessible elevated gardening solutions for those who still move, groove, and garden, but don’t bend and squat. LGarden makes elevated beds that are also great gifts for apartment or condo dwellers who don’t have yards to grow food in.
Give the gift of knowledge.
Move Grass Classes are designed to help you build communities who grow their own food. Together, we’re creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all. It all starts with you!
Move Grass Class Passes come in bundles of 5 and make the perfect gift for a friend or family member who you know wants to learn how to make a difference in their community. You can also donate a 5-class Move Grass Class scholarship for a community member in need to learn how to grow and cook good, healthy food.
Give the gift of leadership.
Through the Food Leader Certificate Program, participants learn to grow their own food, speak knowledgeably about the food system,
and lead food projects in their communities. A scholarship will help send an emerging leader in need on three weekend retreats, give them access to all Move Grass Classes, and provide them with the skills of leadership and community building that will help them make a difference in their community. This investment in the future would fit snugly into any box as a gift certificate.
Give the gift of style.
For the most mysterious person on your list, we have the veggie-themed, super-soft t-shirt of your dreams. We are now offering our slim fit, hand screen-printed, organic, fair trade t-shirts, first available at the FarmRaiser now for purchase online. Give to your friends and family so they can represent our favorite city and its abundance.
Have more ideas? Share in the comments!