The Victory Garden Initiative Blitz Accepting Applications
Apr 01, 2015 04:26PM
The Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) Blitz, the largest annual garden-building event in the nation, will take place from May 9 to 23. During the 15 days, 500 raised-bed gardens will be built,
each measuring 4 feet by 8 feet. Applications to volunteer or to receive a Blitz garden are currently being accepted.
The mission of the VGI Blitz—to make it easier for Milwaukeeans to start growing their own food where they live, attend school, work, play or worship—is reflected in its catch phrase: “This is agrassroots movement; move grass, grow food.” More than 2,000 gardens have been built across Milwaukee during the six years since the inception of the Blitz, with more than 300 volunteers participating.
“Growing your own garden is the best way to build a community-based, environmentally sustainable, socially just, nutritious food system for everyone,” comments VGI Program Manager Ellie Jackson.
Throughout the year, VGI also offers a Garden Mentor program, a series of Move Grass classes and mobile Blitz Your Town training with the goal of eliminating food deserts by providing education about locally cultivating and harvesting fresh food.