Victory Garden Initiative

Growing the Blitz

by Jazz Glastra

Already daydreaming about spring? At Victory Garden Initiative, we aren’t just dreaming, we are DOING! Planning for the 4th annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz is already in full swing. The Blitz WAS an event that brings together volunteers and resources to install as many gardens as possible in one day. But it’s GROWING! Now… the Blitz is an event to install as many gardens as possible in one WEEK!

This year Victory Garden Initiative is pleased to announce that the Blitz is growing into a week-long series of installation events. We will focus our efforts on a different geographical area of Milwaukee each day of the Blitz. Thanks to a generous donation from Case New Holland, we will install more free and reduced-cost gardens than ever!  We have new partnerships with several Milwaukee neighborhoods, which will help us reach new garden recipients and volunteers in those areas. Partnerships like these allow us build more communities of people who grow their own food.

If you are interested in participating in the Blitz this year, now is the time to contact VGI.  Bringing together volunteers from the community to install these gardens is the best part of the event.

There are many ways to get involved:

Garden Builders

Truck Drivers

Donate your truck for the event (We need you!)

Soil Movers

Blitz Team Leaders

Blitz Planning Team

Marketing and Promotion

Garden Mentor (a Garden Mentor, is a trained volunteer, who will visit the house of a Blitz Garden recipient six times throughout the year, to ensure that new gardeners are successful.)

If you’re interested in volunteering for or learning more about this year’s Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz, please contact the Blitz Program Coordinator . We look forward to growing food and growing community with you this coming May!

During Blitz Week, you can get your garden installed for $150. They are 4X8 foot raised beds with compost from Purple Cow Organics.


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