We recently rolled up our sleeves, grabbed shovels and joined the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz. The Victory Garden Initiative dispatches teams of volunteers to build raised-bed gardens for Milwaukee residents so they can grow nutritious food in their own neighborhoods. During the May blitz, the Victory Garden Initiative builds the 4’x8’ frames at each garden site and delivers organic soil so garden recipients can begin planting.
For DMers, it’s a chance to shift gears, get outdoors and give back to our Milwaukee neighbors. “It’s great team building for a great cause,” said Tim Bandt, Chief Sales Officer.
“It was great to help empower people to start gardening and growing their own food,” said Jimmy Pautz, Developer II. “It was also cool to get out to different residential areas of Milwaukee. This was the first DM volunteer event I’ve done that got us out to people’s homes.”
Katelynn Schneider, Human Resources manager, enjoyed the chance to work with colleagues in a different context. “It was wonderful spending time in the beautiful weather with coworkers. I loved seeing DMers working to give back to the community,” Schneider said. “The teamwork and problem solving outside the office was also fun to see.”
It felt worthwhile to help fellow Milwaukeeans get started growing their own produce, Julie Krueger, Office Administrator, shared. “I liked being outside with our team,” Krueger said. “I would definitely do it again.”
“The Blitz is truly a community effort,” said Eric Anderson of the Victory Garden Initiative. “We’re excited to install more than 500 new raised gardens during this year’s two-week event.” DMers completed five raised-bed gardens during our afternoon visit.