The loan of a Case SR200 skid steer loader from Case Construction Equipment to the project “greatly added to the productivity and success of the Blitz,” said Victory Garden Initiative Director Gretchen Mead.
Following its sponsorship of a weeklong installation of neighborhood gardens throughout Milwaukee, 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.
During the May 19 through 26 Victory Garden Blitz, homeowners, community groups and volunteers installed 278 gardens.
“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 Victory Garden Initiative Director Gretchen Mead. “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.
For more information, visit www.victorygardeninitiative.org.