Hello VGI Family,

In the wake of Coronavirus and the State of Emergency that we find ourselves in, we have had to make several changes to our daily operations in order to keep our staff and community safe.

Our office is currently closed and our staff is currently working from home. We have currently cancelled all farm volunteer groups, field trips, and upcoming community events. However, we are still working on ways that we can move forward with the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz. We here at Victory Garden Initiative are committed, now more than ever, to building communities that grow their own food and the Blitz is a large part of our efforts. Under the current Safer at Home orders, agriculture and food production is still defined as an essential activity and we couldn’t agree more. We believe that it is critical for our communities to grow food.

We will be releasing updated information very soon on how we intend to handle the Blitz this year. We have been reaching out to the local health department and our many partners to inform our plans for the Blitz in order to keep our staff, volunteers, partners, and Blitz recipients safe.  In addition, we are still working on getting our urban farm ready for the upcoming season and will once again be offering our Pay-What-You-Can Roadside Farmstand, Free Harambee U-Pick produce, and Community Garden bed rental programs. Our other community programs including Youth Education Programs, Move Grass Classes, and Food Leader Certificate Program are currently on pause while we watch the situation unfold. We are looking into various ways of providing virtual resources in these areas for our community.

At this time, we are still taking additional orders for Blitz garden beds. You can find more information here. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing food insecurity, please see this interactive map of Emergency Food locations compiled by Hunger Task Force for where you can find resources. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during these troubled times.