Category Archives: Volunteer Stories

Tales from the field—whether that field is someone’s backyard, Concordia Gardens, or somewhere across the globe

The Road to Confidence: A Food Leader’s Story

by Natalie Kane & Hannah Kiger Events & Outreach Interns Brian (pictured above at the 2014 Fruity Nutty Affair) heard about the Food Leader Certificate Program through taking gardening classes at the Urban Ecology Center (UEC). But this was by … Continue reading

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Annual Giving Campaign Thank You!

by Susie Ralston and Moshe Katz VGI Board Members Dear VGI Friends, Thank you to every single person who contributed to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. With your generosity, Victory Garden Initiative has set, accomplished, and surpassed a lofty goal, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Grow food, grow life.

by Angela Steinkamp Gratitude Committee & General Awesome Volunteer Angela volunteered for the 2015 Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ and many BLITZes before. She wrote about her experience for the Brilliance Business Solutions blog, and you can see the original … Continue reading

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Falling in Love All Over Again: Relearning Our Relationship with Food

by Gemma Lake Freelance Writer Falling in Love All Over Again: Relearning Our Relationship with Food Our relationship with food has changed drastically over the last 100 years. Centuries upon centuries of careful cultivation, innovative problem-solving and social organization have … Continue reading

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VGI Food Leader Interview: Mercedes Falk

by Mason Jarecki-Nimmo Awesome Volunteer You may assume your winter time waitress is just another courteous Milwaukeean, making an income with smiles and good service. Or maybe she’s secretly a vigilante crime fighter by night. I recently met Mercedes Falk, … Continue reading

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Getting ‘Real’ With Food

By Heidi Jeter Freelance Writer “Real food” is all the rage these days, and I will admit to jumping on the bandwagon a few months ago. I’d already been following the 100 Days of Real Food blog for more than … Continue reading

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VGI Food Leader Interviews: Tammy Koz

by Mason Jarecki-Nimmo Awesome Volunteer Personally, I am very curious to learn more about the Food Leader Certificate Program, and what a better way than to interview the program alumni? What are they doing now, how did they hear about … Continue reading

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How Growing Your Own Food Can Save (And Make!) You Money

by Gemma Lake Freelance Writer There are many, many reasons to grow your own food. For one, it’s incredibly fulfilling – something you can really be proud of. For another, it’s good for the soul – British mental health charity ‘Mind’ … Continue reading

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A Return to the Garden

By Heidi Jeter VGI Volunteer After meeting VGI’s founder, Gretchen Mead, at a local event last fall, I had to be part of this organization. I’m returning to life as a gardener after an eight-year hiatus and I can’t wait … Continue reading

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7 Ways to guarantee your friends a full belly this holiday

by Natalie Farm Stand Intern We care about our friends. We’re guessing that you do too! So why not give the gift of a local, dishes-free, cooking- free meal to someone you love? Here are our top 7 places (in no … Continue reading

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