The Gather and Create Campaign catalyzes the creation of a food and community hub with a new Victory Garden Initiative home and headquarters.

As Victory Garden Initiatives mission to help people grow their own food has been made manifest in every neighborhood, in parks, at schools, at churches and on empty lots through many of our community events, we recognize our need to reflect inward, as an organization and consider the potency of our work. We recognize a need for a home of our own, where we congregate, share meals, learn new skills, and strengthen our connection to our mission.

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Join us in our mission to expand our operations to better the community and garden!

The building at 249 E. Concordia, located across the street from The Victory Garden Urban Farm, was originally a Pabst Pub, making it both historic, and easily accessible for the public. This building will be transformed into the Farmhouse – a place to Gather and Create, helping people grow their own food.

By relocating and expanding closer to our urban garden, we plan to: Extend serving families with Community Supported Agriculture membership produce boxes. Welcome families with weekly community farm to table meals Provide children a healthy summer and after-school snack as part of an afterschool homework club program. Serve community members at Farm-to-Table cafe. Increase farm-to-restaurant sales. Participate as Farmers Market vendors with SNAP accessibility. Enhance workforce development to include green infrastructure careers, food system careers, and extended internships. Implement a Food System Small Business incubation program with solidified partnerships.

Phase IPhase II
Building acquisitionCommercial kitchen
Renovation of office and event spaceExpand workforce development
Office moveBegin food system small business start-up program
Implementation of new programs

Progress:

The building was purchased on April 13th. 

The Farm House
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The Future for the  Farm House: