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Grow a Vertical Garden with These Easy Steps

by Guest Author Jenna Lynn Buege If you find yourself wishing you could grow a garden but are lacking the space, look no further! Have you ever heard of a vertical garden? Vertical gardens were inspired by nature — think … Continue reading

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Fruity Nutty Nifty Thrifty

Apologies for the mixed-up link! If you’d like to order a BLITZ garden bed, please click here! Friends, It’s been seven years since we first began a program to help people grow fruit trees in the city.  It started with … Continue reading

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VGI Is Everywhere

Dear Friends of VGI, On behalf of the board of directors, committed staff and all the dedicated volunteers, we want to THANK YOU all for helping us reach our Annual Giving goal of over $30,000 for 2016!! We are all deeply … Continue reading

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Letter from the Director: We Are STILL the Ones We’ve Been Waiting for

Dear Friends, By now, you have probably simmered down your post-election emotions, for better or worse.  Maybe you celebrated. Maybe you cried.  But, you certainly cared about the outcome. This time around, it seems that everyone wanted change… maybe you … Continue reading

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Cultural Exchange: A Letter from VGI’s Community Solutions Fellow, Freeman Ahegbebu

My name is Freeman Ahegbebu, and I am an innovative young Ghanaian with a deep passion for community development, promoting education, and assisting disadvantaged children. Growing up, my father worked as a corporate driver while my mother traded palm oil … Continue reading

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Transition to Fall

Fall is the best time of year in Milwaukee. The weather is pleasant, lacking both the extreme humidity of August and the biting cold of December. The air is cool and crisp in the morning, but warm and light in … Continue reading

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In Food We Trust

Nearly all of us have been in a situation in which we have been severely betrayed and we learned that someone we love is not who we thought they were.  Our belief in the reliability, truth or strength of a … Continue reading

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Farewell from Alysse

by Alysse Gear Program Support Specialist A few weeks ago, our FarmStand opened for the season. In between weeding, planning, talking responsibilities, and eating salads fresh from the garden, I told two of our main youth staff (self-proclaimed managers Alex … Continue reading

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Our Attitude of Gratitude

by Gretchen Mead Executive Director Friends, 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 … Continue reading

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Record-breaking BLITZ 2016

by Kelly Moore Brands Community Program Manager Early mornings, late evenings, sleeping like a bear in hibernation in the in-between hours. Muscling through each day to build as many gardens as we can. Getting dirty, shoes filled with soil, dealing with … Continue reading

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