Do you envision our post-industrial world transformed to an abundant and sustainable ecosystem through the reintroduction of food growing into our urban ecology?
So do we.
We believe that when fruit trees fill our parks and nut trees are harvested by our neighbors, when food pantries house vegetable gardens and school children participate in growing their lunches, we will have a secure, sovereign, socially just and sustainable food system.
WHO WE ARE
Victory Garden Initiative is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, grassroots non-profit organization that builds communities that grow their own food, to create a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.
How do we do that?
- The GREAT MILWAUKEE VICTORY GARDEN BLITZ is the program that started it all. Each May, hundreds of volunteers help us spread the goodness of gardening, building hundreds of 4 x 8 ft. raised beds in front yards, back yards, schools, and elsewhere across the city!
- CONCORDIA GARDENS is our 1.5-acre community garden, urban orchard, production farm and compost site located in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Here we host the youth Farm Stand, eat at community potlucks, hold classes for kids and adults, and grow delicious, wholesome food based on permaculture principles.
- During the FRUITY NUTTY 5 CONTEST each spring, we award 5 community orchards to applicants with the best plans for bringing their communities together around growing food perennially. Each group wins 30 fruit- and nut-producing plants to install in urban environments to protect the earth, improve public health, and strengthen our community. We raise excitement and support for this inspiring initiative at the FRUITY NUTTY AFFAIR each February.
- Our MOVE GRASS CLASS series runs all year long, teaching gardeners (new and experienced) all about garden planning, tree care, permaculture, hugelkultur, healthy cooking from the garden, rainwater conservation and more.
Our KID AND FAMILY CLUB youth programming takes kids of all ages out of the classroom and into Concordia Gardens, getting their hands dirty and their hearts excited about growing food. We work on gardening skills; improved perception of produce, soil, and the natural environment; group work; nutritional knowledge, and more. In summer 2014, we launched our first FARM STAND, run by the kids that grow, harvest, and market the veggies. They get to keep the proceeds!
Our GARDEN MENTOR PROGRAM matches new BLITZ gardeners with experienced food growers to help them have a successful first season. Fun fact: 90% of BLITZ gardeners share their produce with neighbors. Mentors help make this happen!
The FOOD LEADER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM creates food system changers—actionists equipped with the tools to lead their community toward a better food system for all. In this yearlong program, participants learn about the food system, community organizing, growing food, and leadership.
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