The first, and successful...PRACTICAL MANIFESTATION...
50 VICTORY GARDENS
DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS FOOD
ONE STEP CLOSER TO POST-OIL AND SUSTAINABLE MILWAUKEE
DO YOU HAVE A VICTORY GARDEN? PUT IT ON THE MAP.
Let's show how Milwaukee is a front runner for sustainable
practices. Let's build credibility in the public eye for dedicated,
creative responses to peak oil and climate change. Let's put a
positive, encouraging path in front of others paralyzed in the doom
and gloom. There is a way, and the time has arrived to finally lay
The First Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz was a
success! From bottom of my compost pile, I’d like to thank everyone
who participated. I can’t say that I have ever been involved in any
project or social movement that has been so rewarding and
successful. And the Planning Team… wow! The Dream Team of all
planning teams. Dedicated, focused (except for the digressions that
I have a knack for causing), intelligent, conscientious,
forward-thinking, and full of integrity. Thanks to all those who
contributed materials, money, time, food and connections. Thanks to
everyone who volunteered, installed a garden, or had a garden
installed. And thanks to my mom and mother-in-law who kept the home
fires burning while were blitzing all day. We came home to happy
kids, a clean house, and food for the blast of a party that
followed. Things are a-changing… and you are all part of it.
Milwaukee (and, of course, my own hood, Shorewood) should be proud
of this growing good food movement that is infecting everyone it
reaches. People keep asking me for a total… How many gardens were
installed because of the Blitz? It’s really hard to say… some of my
friends and neighbors got really excited about the Blitz and put
their gardens in a couple weeks ago. Others decided that they would
plant some food where they had flowers last year. And still others
decided to make their gardens bigger. Many others put their food
production in containers on the patio. But if we include the number
installed only this week I’d have to say that it was close to 50!
50! That’s stupendous….really. Milwaukee gets it…we understand what
the changes we are facing and we are behaving with deliberation and
conviction. Way to go Milwaukee!"
- Gretchen Mead, Victory Garden Initiative Founder
VGI Blitz in the Press
Blitz Bay View Compass - May 29, 2009
Over Memorial Day weekend, people all over the Milwaukee area got
together at multiple residential sites to build and plant gardens
in the Victory Garden...
Bay View Compass -
May 29, 2009
“The most important thing to realize is we need to localize our
food supply,” said Gretchen Mead, head of the Milwaukee chapter of
the Victory Garden...
gardens get growing with Saturday blitz Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- May 22, 2009
By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel
A small army of volunteers plans to fan out across Milwaukee and
Shorewood on Saturday in a "Victory Garden Blitz" ...
Plant Seeds for Locally Grown Food 89.7 WUWM - Milwaukee Public
Radio - May 21, 2009
Over the weekend a group of Milwaukee
area residents will help plant vegetable beds in yards and shared
spaces. It's called the Victory Garden Blitz. ...
Garden Initiative launched in late 2008 to promote food
production where people live -- in back yards, front yards,
rooftops, patios, etc. VGI is comprised of gardeners supporting
other gardeners in their own paths towards a self-sufficient,
sustainable, and healthy food supply. Through mentoring, modeling
and outreach, VGI aims to make gardening a way of life for