Community Outreach 

Every year we dig into the greater Milwaukee area by attending public events and meeting new community members.  Check out our calendar below so you can join us at an event in your neighborhood.  

Want to invite us to your next event?  Contact Kelly at 414-727-2292 or email  kelly@victorygardeninitiative.org. 



early Spring outreach events 

Reflections of Wellness for women - FEBRUARY 25, 2017  

8am-Noon at West Allis Central High School, 8516 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis, Wisconsin 

Lake park lutheran winter farmers market -  FEBRUARY 26, 2017

9am-Noon at Lake Park Lutheran Church, 2647 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 

Sherman park housing resource fair- march 18, 2017 

9am-Noon at Wheaton Franciscan St. Joesph's Hospital, 5000 W. Chambers St, Milwaukee, WI 

Renewing hope, Interfaith earth network - march 19, 2017

2pm-5pm at Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Pl, Milwaukee, WI  

Marquette sustainable living fair - april 10, 2017 

11am-1pm at Marquette University, Dental School, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI   

US Bank 2017 earth day exposition - April 13, 2017 

9:30am-2:00pm at US Bank Downtown Tower, Galleria conference room, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI


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Got questions? Feel free to contact us or call the office at 414-431-0888.



Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

Community Organizing 101

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Bringing a community together around growing food can be quite a challenge in this day and age, when people know the characters on sitcoms better than their next-door neighbors. This crash-course in community organizing will give you some tools of the trade to work with. We’ll practice talking about the food system and how growing food can be a fun, healthy way to build community. This course is great for those trying to start (or improve) a community garden or neighborhood orchard. Instructor :: Erika Wolf

Microgreens

Saturday, February 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

No matter the size of your apartment or house, you can be a farmer year round! Come learn how to effectively grow microgreens and be inspired by a man that has a passion for growing micro greens and living sustainably. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Planning and Planting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Planning and Planting

Saturday, March 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You may know what you want to grow, but are you having trouble fitting it all together? We’ll show you some handy techniques for getting the most out of small spaces and intercropping plants that compliment each other. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Taming Trees, Healthy Trees

Wednesday, April 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

The key to getting great fruit production from your trees is to keep them healthy and well-maintained. We’ll go through disease prevention, when (and how) to seek expert advice for tree diseases, and then move onto pruning techniques that can keep your trees manageable and productive. Instructor :: Michaela Molter

Milwaukee Food Ordinances

Wednesday, April 11

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Come learn from a member of the city of Milwaukee's Home Gr/own initiative to learn about ways in which you can work with the city to repurpose vacant lots in your neighborhood to "spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. Instructors :: Tim McCollow & Dan Graves

Forest of Food

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

In nature, plants and animals work together to create a sustainable system. We’ll teach you how to group plants together to make the best use of your small space and reinforce the health of your valuable edibles! At the end of the class, we’ll demonstrate how to plant a “food forest” around some of our fruit trees. Instructors :: Ryan Dale

Get Dirty with Victory Garden Initiative

April 18

Help us plant orchard trees around Milwaukee. Get hands on experience 

May 9 - 23

Permaculture Basics

Saturday, May 30

9:00 am - Noon

Jazz Gallery

Have you heard about permaculture and are curious to learn more? Permaculture is a design theory based on mimicking nature’s ecosystems. Learn how to use permaculture’s ethics and principles to create a more sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Bee Keeping 101

Wednesday, June 3

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Interested in beekeeping but don't know where to begin? Come spend some time learning with Charbee to get the basics of beekeeping including the hive, general care, and how to be a part of their important role in the worldwide ecosystem. Instructor :: Charlie Koenen

Soil Rehab

Saturday, June 13

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Great vegetables start with awesome soil. Many urban lots are contaminated with lead or other toxins; this class will discuss how to handle soil contaminants. We’ll also cover how to identify soil types and improve your soil through basic techniques like composting, mulching, vermicomposting, and using natural fertilizers. Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Fall Gardening – Starting Early!

Wednesday, July 1

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Greens and peas in November? Crazy! This class will give you the tools you need to plan ahead for an abundant fall harvest that will reap round two on the summer beets, greens, and other favorites. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, July 18

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Design Your Urban Paradise

Wednesday, August 8

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery 

Come learn how to plan for, plant and sustain a urban paradise that will provide your family with oodles of food, restore habitat for animals in dire need of it, and create a sense of wonder for passers by. Instructor :: Dan Graves

Seed Saving / Seed Swap

Saturday, August 29

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

As humans have done for centuries, come learn a few basic tips and techniques for saving seeds from your garden. Also, bring any extra seeds you have to swap with friends and neighbors and go home with an abundance of seeds for next year! Instructor :: Dan Graves

Food Preservation

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBD

With some time and planning ahead, you can eat from your garden year-round! We’ll go over the basics of “putting food by,” including what freezes well, what you can dehydrate, and what can be canned (sealed in jars). Instructor :: Ryan Dale

Healthy Cooking from Your Garden

Saturday, September 19

9:00 – Noon

Location: TBD

You’ve grown some great, healthy food in your garden, but you’re getting sick of salads. Now what? Learn some basic recipes and techniques that can be applied to a variety of fresh garden vegetables for easy, delicious, and healthy home-cooked meals that will save you money. Cooking demonstration included! Instructor :: Milwaukee Chef

Winter Garden Prep

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

It is time to get your garden ready for winter. What is the best way to do it? Discover techniques that build soil fertility, protect your soil create biomatter, and are easy to do. Join us as we "put our gardens to rest." Instructor :: Dan Graves

Worm Composting

Wednesday, November 4

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jazz Gallery

Don't have a place for all of those fruit and vegetable scraps? Come learn how to transform this "waste" (treasure) into garden gold. Techniques covered include vermicomposting and composting in your yard. Instructor :: Farmer Tony Farrell

Making Salves

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am – Noon

Jazz Gallery

Dandelion, Honey, Lemon, Tea Tree. Using essential oils, learn how to make your own salves to heal body and soul. Walk away you’re your own salves! Instructor :: Charlie Koenen  

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