Gardening is more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. We get food from our gardens, and having access to good food is important for EVERY single person in this community. Food sovereignty is our right: We should know what is in our food, how it was grown. We should have the ability to impact change in our global food system, because we have knowledge about what is happening with it. These are all BIG picture issues impacted by the mission of Victory Garden Initiative.
Victory Garden Initiative has a patient, subversive goal: to engage people in growing their own food at home, where they live and love. They will be healthier and meet their neighbors. They will have greater access to good food and use fewer resources. We don’t often mention that we might also change the course of evolution with a garden… but one could argue that we do.
Growing our own food has been our connection to the evolution of the planet for thousands of years. Our hands tending the soil, knowing the land and reading the signs of an ecosystem that supports life are our contributions to a life-giving evolution. As we remove ourselves from the land and opt for the technology of agriculture as a means to dominate and control rather than tend to our land, we are opting for a different evolutionary path. What kind of progress do we hope for? How shall we use personal choice to affect evolution?
Let’s make full use of our opposable thumbs by grabbing a shovel!
In the next month, we hope you will find yourself in need of a garden, offering to help build gardens for others, and donating to support the installation of gardens in low-income communities, because this year’s BLITZ is in full planning mode. We are on course to again put in 500 gardens in the Milwaukee area!
Follow the links below to register to get a garden, volunteer, or sponsor The BLITZ:
Get a Garden during the week of May 7-21. Volunteers will come to your house or business and install a 4’x8’ raised-bed garden filled with healthy, organic soil. Cost: $160. Deadline to register for a garden is April 24.
Volunteer - sign up in half-day or all-day shifts, and meet some amazing people! Do you have a group who wants to volunteer together? Send us an email!
Sponsor a Garden - we receive many asks from people who want a garden, but can’t afford one. Help someone in need by sponsoring a garden. Cost: $160.
Join us in spreading the good word! Invite your friends to The BLITZ on Facebook, share it on your Facebook page, link to VGI’s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and retweet @VGInitiative, add info about the BLITZ to your newsletter...and any other way you can think of to promote The BLITZ - the largest garden-building event in the nation, and it is rooted in Milwaukee! We couldn’t do it without your help.