Victory Garden Initiative


Mission Statement

Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, to create a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.



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.

Our Roots

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 5000 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, Butte Co, CA, and Berea, Kentucky.

Program Details

Our slogan is: “This is a grassroots movement. Move grass. Grow food.”, and we implement this through the following programs: Victory Garden Urban Farm with U-Pick Food Forest and Pay-What-You-Can-Farmstand, YEP! Youth Education, Greater Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz, Food Leader Program, and Move Grass Classes. Through these programs and more, VGI aims to empower our neighbors throughout Milwaukee and especially in the Harambee neighborhood to build community through growing their own food and supply them with the means to create their own sustainable community.
Primary Issue
249 E Concordia Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53212
United States
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