Victory Garden Initiative believes that every person, in every household, can connect to their food source through the act of growing it. This act reminds us that we are of the earth, that we cannot live without the earth; that our needs are met, not by the economy, but by the earth. Growing food will re-integrate us with deep ecology, guiding our culture towards a sustainable, abundant future, freed from financial inequalities.
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.
The purpose of the Victory Garden Initiative of WWI and WWII was to support the war effort. People throughout the United States grew their own produce in yards, parks, and other community spaces so that all available resources could go towards the war effort. At this time, we are once again in our green spaces growing food, but today we are fighting a different kind of battle. We are fighting for food security and the health of our ecosystems. We are fighting for resilient communities that support one another and for strong local economies. Through gardening, we are seeking a connection to the cycle of life, and for good, tasty food…from garden to plate.
Victory Garden Initiative launched in 2009 when a group of community members recognized the negative environmental, social, economic, and health implications of our dominant food system. The solution was building communities that grow their own food. VGI has rallied to install over 3,500 gardens, launch a 1.5-acre urban farm, plant 26 orchards in low-income neighborhoods, teach adults and children how to grow food, and train 68 community Food Leaders. Our annual event, The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ, has gained so much momentum that it has expanded to conducting BLITZ training in other communities like Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Berea, Kentucky.
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New Office Location (The Farm House):
249 E. Concordia Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212
New Mailing Address:
PO Box 12130, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Victory Garden Urban Farm:
220 E. Concordia Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212
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