Following its sponsorship of a weeklong installation of neighborhood gardens throughout Milwaukee, WI, Case Construction Equipment congratulated Victory Garden Initiative for the success of its “Blitz” project that resulted in the planting of a record number of new vegetable gardens in the city.
Homeowners, community groups and volunteers installed 278 gardens during the May 19-26 Victory Garden Blitz.
“As part of a Well Workplace, Case recognizes the benefits of creating healthy communities,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, CNH Construction. “Our support for and participation in the Victory Garden Blitz helps promote our own wellness mission while also supporting others in our area with similar goals of growing healthy food, building stronger communities and respecting the environment.”
In addition to CNH’s financial sponsorship of Victory Garden Initiative, Case donated the use of a skid-steer loader for the Blitz. On May 26, 12 employees and family members volunteered a day of their labor to the project which included constructing and filling gardens at various sites in the Milwaukee area.
“We’d like to acknowledge and thank our sponsor CNH and its Case Construction Equipment division, which donated support for 100 gardens for low-income Milwaukee-area residents,” said Gretchen Mead, director of the Victory Garden Initiative. “Their loan of a Case skid-steer loader, along with the volunteer labor of their employees and families, greatly added to the productivity and success of the Blitz.”
Throughout the project, raised-bed gardens were installed in yards, businesses, schools, churches and community spaces. Materials for each garden were available for a $150 donation or sponsorship. A variety of volunteer and neighborhood groups helped build, fill and plant the gardens.
"With generous support from Case and our other partners, we were able to expand our 2012 capacity to plant 278 residential gardens. This will enable hundreds of Milwaukee County residents to be able to grow their own food,” Mead added. “Their generous support allowed us to provide garden beds at a sliding scale fee or for free to families in need."
Victory Garden Initiative is a grassroots movement to grow more food for a nutritious, sustainable food system. It strives to create real change, one garden at a time.