Victory Garden Initiative comes to Bay View on Saturday May 23

The Victory Garden Blitz is coming! It will be happening all throughout the county, in Shorewood, Riverwest, Tosa, and the northwest and west sides of Milwaukee, as well as our little south side enclave.

So what is it?

On Memorial Weekend, the Victory Garden Initiative and its many partners will be installing “victory gardens” throughout our great city. In the end, we should have literally dozens of gardens built up, each prepared for growing nutritious, delicious foods.

There are many ways to get involved. It starts in Bay View at Katy Kujala-Korpela’s apartment building on S. Austin Street. Folks will be meeting there at 9am, and will help get a garden set up in a neighbor’s yard, who has graciously volunteered the use of their yard as a garden for the apartment dwellers.

There are further stops at 11AM and 1PM, one of which is our place, which I’ve dubbed the Pennsylvania Avenue Yard-Farm. Please call 750-3818 and talk to Mark to find out where you cna go to help.

At my place, we will need folks who can help build raised beds (which involves lifting wooden boards) and moving a lot of soil into the newly built beds. If you’re up to it, please come; we need you!

We will be using plants bought at the Bay View Garden And Yard Society plant sale, which is happening next weekend (the 30th) at South Shore Park, as well as a few local growers and merchants.

Here’s where to find info: [“How to Volunteer for the Blitz”]


Also: Coverage from Journal Sentinel, Shepherd Express, and WUWM. And, Mayor Barrett declared this weekend to be a Victory Garden weekend. Thanks Mr. Mayor!

And… see how our new raised beds look over here!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.