Victory Garden Initiative
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Victory Garden Initiative Celebrates Five New Urban Orchards

VGI builds communities that grow their own food, creating a socially just, sustainable, healthy, community-based food system.

By - Feb 17th, 2016 07:21 am

Milwaukee. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — In four short days, Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) is celebrating. At the sixth annual Fruity Nutty Affair on February 20, 2016, over 200 of Milwaukee’s most generous community members will toast to the winners of five community orchards, won via VGI’s Fruity Nutty 5 Contest. At Villa Filomena, 1119 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee, a location sparkling with Milwaukee history, VGI will reveal the orchard-winning neighborhoods—and the next chapter of the VGI story.

That February night, friends and neighbors will raise a glass to raising orchards for a variety of reasons: Fruit and nut trees provide nutritious food, serve as a source of oxygen, protect against soil erosion, and keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. Planting trees strengthens relationships between neighbors, encouraging community. In service of this mission, guests will enjoy small plates from Milwaukee’s favorite locally focused restaurants, meet the Fruity Nutty characters, dance to live bluegrass music, and win silent auction prizes focused on healing, growing, exploring, and more.

VGI builds communities that grow their own food, creating a socially just, sustainable, healthy, community-based food system. Planting these five community orchards is key to that fruitful work, and the funds raised by the Fruity Nutty Affair make it happen. Our city makes it happen.

Get your tickets at for $70. VGI is excited to dance the night away with their friends and supporters, dressed in their best “farmer chic.”

This event features food by Amilinda, Beans & Barley, Braise, Glorioso’s, Irie Zulu, Kasana, Simple Cafe, Two Girls and a Farm, and Wolf Peach, with dessert by Le Reve and Purple Door Ice Cream. It will feature silent auction prizes from acupuncture to blacksmith lessons, cooking classes to water adventures.

Purchase your tickets at or call 414-431-0888. Milwaukee, let’s get growing!

About the Victory Garden Initiative:

The Victory Garden Initiative promotes a sustainable and socially just food system by building communities of people who grow their own food, reintegrating human and food ecology. The scope of Victory Garden’s educational programs and urban agricultural projects encompass a complete cycle: from soil, to seed, to plate, and composting back to soil – in back yards, front yards, rooftops and on patios.

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One thought on “Victory Garden Initiative Celebrates Five New Urban Orchards”

  1. Dennis Grzezinski says:

    VGI’s Fruity Nutty Affair is one of the most enjoyable fundraising events in Milwaukee. I have attended for several years running, and have been very impressed with the food, the music,and most of all, the warm, friendly atmosphere and sense of fun! And it’s definitely for a very good cause.

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