the great milwaukee victory garden blitz

sponsor a garden for a family in need

Please visit the BLITZ FAQ page to learn all about how it all works during the BLITZ. 

Want to get on our PRE-REGISTRATION LIST for 2017? 
Register here

Are you part of an ORGANIZATION, SCHOOL or FAITH-BASED GROUP that wants to get gardens at next year's BLITZ? Start looking now for grant funding to subsidize your group's gardens and email Kelly to connect and get support. 

what is the blitz?

The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ is the NATION'S LARGEST GARDEN-BUILDING EVENT! Each year, over 300 Victory Garden Initiative volunteers install hundreds of raised beds gardens in backyards, front yards, schools, community centers, and places of worship - just about anywhere you can imagine!

It all started with a group of friends in 2009. Together, they installed 35 raised bed gardens in a SINGLE DAY, serendipitously launching Victory Garden Initiative! In 2016, we built 555 gardens in fifteen days, bringing our grand total to over 3,000 gardens built across Milwaukee and beyond!

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity and I hope more people take advantage of it. I like that they give people other resources in the newsletter like the wood treatment and soil."                         -2013 BLITZ participant


Registration for the 2017 BLITZ will open in January 2017! REGISTER HERE to get on our pre-registration list for next year, then visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page to learn more about being a proud garden owner or BLITZ volunteer.

Want to order soil or compost post-BLITZ? You can do so by clicking the order soil button below.

order Garden Mix soil ORDER compost 

  click hERe for a map of our delivery areas 

This map represents the pricing structure for ordering BLITZ beds. Please enter your address in the search bar to see where it falls. Within the green area, beds are $160 each. Within the yellow area, beds are $175 each because of the additional travel and time cost from our base of operations (indicated with a star). The red area is outside of our normal delivery area. However, if you live in this area and want to participate in the BLITZ or are interested in starting your own BLITZ, please contact Kelly@VictoryGardenInitiative.Org and we'll be happy to find a way to serve your community. Thanks!


Each year over 350 volunteers help us build gardens (and community) all over Milwaukee and surrounding towns. You could be one of them! 

Have questions about volunteering? Want to get a group of friends or colleagues together to be a team? Please visit our FAQ page and watch the video below! If you still have questions, give us a call at 414-431-0888.

looking to pay it forward?

SPONSOR A GARDEN Help someone in our community become more self-sufficient and food secure by donating a garden bed.

become A GARDEn mentor Build community by sharing your knowledge with a new gardener. 

grow food

Once your garden is built and filled with soil, We Grow Greens and Slow Food WiSE can provide the next steps for your garden. Visit their websites for more information. 

stay involved

Join the VGI family! Sign up to be a member or year-round volunteer

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The 2016 Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ 

is sponsored by: 




Want to become a 2016 Victory Garden BLITZ Sponsor?

Download our sponsor sheet and email Kelly for more information

the 2016 blitz committee

jeff leswing

Habitat for Humanity Board Member, 
BLITZ Logistics Wizard, 
Beloved "Dirtman"

gretchen mead

Victory Garden Initiative Executive Director, 
 BLITZ Powerhouse

Dennis Grzezinski

Law Office of Dennis M Grzezinski, BLITZ Sponsor Guru

chris steinkamp

Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley Branch, 
 Hardest of Core BLITZ Enthusiast

Aaron Habeck

Program Manager, Sandvik Coromant 
Garden Expert

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