Our Attitude of Gratitude

by Gretchen Mead
Executive Director


With deep thanks we wind down this year’s BLITZ, our 8th.  We take the gifts that you have given us to heart, and always, always utilize them to help more people grow their own food.  Though we will be challenged to thank every single person who helped us build 555 gardens this year, we are going to give it our best shot.

BLITZ photo for Blog


Deep thanks to all of our gardeners, the hundreds of you who purchased gardens, yes, even for the smallest amount of money. It is your desire to make this world a little bit better by growing your own food that makes it all real. Real gardens. Real food. Real people. Stacking up by the hundred every year, there are now thousands of you in Milwaukee. Thank you.

And to the volunteers. The hundreds of you as well. You worked SO hard, through inclement weather, when you could have been relaxing on your patio, when you could have chosen not to care; you built gardens for people all over Milwaukee and supported a mission that you believe in.

Thank you to the hundreds of individuals who signed up all on your own.

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And thank you to the below team efforts: 

  • 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
  • Accounting Professionals
  • Blitzdkriegs Men’s Roller Derby
  • Colectivo Coffee
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • GMR Milwaukee
  • Green Design Center
  • Independence First
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lowe’s
  • Mandel Group
  • Milwaukee Peace Corps Association
  • Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation
  • Mount Mary Dietetics students
  • NorthShore Bank
  • Outpost Natural Foods Co-op
  • Physicians Accounting
  • Representative Evan Goyke
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • USBank
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    BLITZ Photo for Blog 2

Thank you to all those partner organizations who supported the BLITZ and/or received gardens during the BLITZ, some whom we have worked with for years and some new.  We are honored to work with you, shoulder to shoulder, making Milwaukee a stronger community.


  • Centro Hispano Milwaukee – Head Start
  • Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
  • CommonBond Communities
  • Company Brewing
  • Congress Public School
  • Ebenezer Church
  • Five Points Neighborhood Association
  • Fratney School
  • Garden Homes Neighborhood & 30th Street Industrial Corridor
  • Grateful Girls, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing Resources Inc.
  • International Institute of Wisconsin
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Kingo Lutheran Church
  • Latinos por la Salud
  • Martin Drive Neighborhood
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • Mitchell Park Domes
  • Neu-Life Community Development
  • North Shore Montessori School
  • Pierce School
  • Reformation Angel Community Gardens
  • Renew Environmental Public Health Advocates
  • Sherman Park Neighborhood Association
  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
  • St. Anthony High School
  • St. Francis Children’s Center
  • Tabernacle Community Baptist Church
  • The North End (Mandel Group)
  • Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Washington Park Partners
  • Wauwatosa Montessori School
  • West Allis Health Department
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning
  • Women Encouraging Women
  • Zablocki Elementary School

Thanks to those champions who make connections, bring people in, and otherwise go out of their way to make this event shine.  We need your advocacy and willingness to go out of your comfort zone in order to bring people to this cause and ensure the work gets done.

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  • Aaron Habeck
  • Angela Mitchell – City of Milwaukee
  • Apple Jackson – Johnson Controls
  • Barbara Richards
  • Britney Roberson – Washington Park Partners
  • Bryan Hartsook – Wisconsin DNR
  • Carl Nilssen – Riverworks
  • Celia Benton – Layton Boulevard West Neighbors
  • Corrie Mitchell – US Bank
  • Eric Fowler
  • Gail Bennett
  • George Bregar – Company Brewing
  • Grace Sherer
  • Hamptony Guridy
  • Hannah Harris – Habitat for Humanity
  • Ian Brown – City of Milwaukee
  • James Jutrzonka – Blue Ribbon Organics
  • Jane Hawes & David Shapiro
  • Janine Gasparich
  • Jeff “Dirtman” Leswing
  • Jennifer Ziegler
  • Joy Murray – Enterprise Truck Rental
  • Joyce Andrews – Stein’s Garden & Home
  • Ken Gear
  • Mary Pipito & Wild Thing
  • Nick Vannucci – Garden of Flavor
  • Ramie Camarena
  • Pete Brands
  • Sannia Green
  • Sophia Carpenter
  • Wendy Mireles – Cafe Corazon
  • Zack Brazan – Habitat for Humanity

Thanks to all of the deep generosity of our sponsors.  With your gifts, we were able to say “yes” to every single family that wanted a garden.

  • Bliffert Hardware
  • Blue Ribbon Organics
  • Brewers Family Foundation
  • City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation & Strong Neighborhoods
  • Case/CNH Industrial
  • Colectivo
  • Echelon Innovation Campus
  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Garden of Flavor
  • Green Tree Garden Club
  • Habitat for Humanity & Lowe’s
  • Johnson Controls
  • Meijer
  • Organic Valley
  • Stein’s Garden and Home
  • The North End
  • United Healthcare
  • WE Energies
  • Zilber Family Foundation



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