the great milwaukee victory garden blitz

registration for the 2015 blitz is closed. 

During our 15-day BLITZ (May 9-23, 2015), we built 499 raised bed gardens!

The 2016 BLITZ is tentatively set for May 7-21, 2016. 

Interested in getting a 2016 BLITZ garden? Click here to sign up for our newsletter, where you'll get all the updates as soon as they're available!

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 2015, we built 499 gardens in two weeks, bringing our grand total to over 2,500 gardens across Milwaukee and beyond!

BLITZ Gardens installed 2012-2015


Registration for the 2015 BLITZ is closed. Check back in December for 2016 registration!

Visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page to learn more about being a proud garden owner or BLITZ volunteer.

Still want to fill your garden with veggies in the fall? Follow these links if you're looking to ORDER SOIL or COMPOST!


Each year over 300 volunteers help us build gardens (and community) all over Milwaukee and surrounding towns. 

Thank you to all the people that showed up to volunteer for the BLITZ in 2015!

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

Stay up to date with our programs and events:

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. 

This is a grassroots movement. MOVE GRASS. GROW FOOD.

Want to become a 2016 Victory Garden BLITZ Sponsor?

Download our sponsor sheet and email Kelly for more information

2015 BLITZ Sponsors & Community Partners!


Community Partners include:

Blifferts Lumber & Hardware, Clark Graphics, Outpost Natural Foods,

Braise, Slow Food WiSE, Teens Grow Greens

the 2015 blitz committee

jeff leswing

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

gretchen mead

Victory Garden Initiative Executive Director, 
 BLITZ Powerhouse

katie kowalski

Volunteer Services Director for Habitat for Humanity of Milwaukee, 
BLITZ Volunteer Guru

chris steinkamp

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

cindy gear

Habitat for Humanity Deconstruction Crew Lead

sammi kaufman

UW-Milwaukee Graduate Student,
BLITZ Communication Team

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