St. Ann Center Wins an Orchard


St. Ann Center’s new Bucyrus Campus will soon be branching out, literally. The Campus, at 2450 West North Avenue, was chosen as the winner of one of five new community orchards awarded by Victory Garden Initiative (VGI).

All communities in Milwaukee County were encouraged to apply to cultivate up to 30 fruit and nut trees in their neighborhoods. Of the many applicants, VGI’s Fruity Nutty 5 Committee chose: St. Ann Center for intergenerational Care-Bucyrus campus, Centro Hispano, Hales Corners Environmental Committee, Urban Eden Community Garden, and a partnership between Milwaukee Jewish Day School and Westside Academy to receive an orchard. In total, 150 plants will get growing this year to feed their communities a bounty of fresh-picked food, including cherries, peaches, hazelnuts, pears, apples, plums and more.

This year’s Fruity Nutty 5 Contest launched on November 1, 2015, and winners were announced at the Fruity Nutty Affair last month. Diane Beckley, COO of the Bucyrus Campus, accepted the award. After this year’s planting, VGI’s Fruity Nutty 5 Contest will have planted 25 orchards throughout Milwaukee County.

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Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.