Victory Garden Initiative Awards Five Community Orchards

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Recently the Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) ushered in the hope for spring when they announced the winners of five new community orchards that will be planted in April.

Every community in Milwaukee County was encouraged to apply for the project that would support their cultivation of local food sources in the city.

Selecting from the many applicants, VGI’s Fruity Nutty Committee chose five winners: Centro Hispano, Hales Corners Environmental Committee, Urban Eden Community Garden, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, and a partnership between Milwaukee Jewish Day School and Westside Academy to steward the growth of fruit and nut producing plants in their neighborhoods.

As runners up, Gordon Place and the Five Points Neighborhood Association will receive a smaller Seedling Award. In total, 150 plants be growing this spring to feed their communities.

VGI builds communities that grow their own food, creating a neighborhood-based, sustainable, and nutritious food system. Planting these five orchards is key to that fruitful work. The winning groups will receive up to 30 fruit and nut producing plants each, which will include hazelnuts, cherries, peaches, pears, apples, and plums.

Toni Rivera, Executive Director of Centro Hispano, says, “This orchard gives us the opportunity to bring our community together to share food, love, and connections. We hope to start a revolution of healthy living in life, work, and play!”

Read the full story on the Milwaukee Independent at the link below

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