Case Provides Skid Steer, Volunteers to Help Food Initiative

With 300 volunteers, the Victory Garden Initiative installed more than 500 raised-bed gardens at homes and businesses throughout the greater Milwaukee area.

📅   Thu July 02, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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Employees from both the Case offices in Racine, Wis., and the CNH Industrial offices in Burr Ridge, Ill., participated.
Employees from both the Case offices in Racine, Wis., and the CNH Industrial offices in Burr Ridge, Ill., participated.

The Victory Garden Initiative held its 7th Annual Victory Garden Blitz from May 9 through the 23rd. With 300 volunteers, the Victory Garden Initiative installed more than 500 raised-bed gardens at homes and businesses throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Upon completion of this year’s event, it will bring the total number of gardens to nearly 2,500.

The Milwaukee-based Victory Garden team expanded its involvement this year by training teams in Berea, Ky., and Green Bay, Wis. to run their own Victory Garden Blitz, resulting in almost 400 gardens built throughout their communities.

Case Construction Equipment and CNH Industrial are two partners of the Victory Garden Blitz. Employees from both the Case offices in Racine, Wis., and the CNH Industrial offices in Burr Ridge, Ill. participated.

“Giving back to the community is a core principle for all of us at Case,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment — North America. “We are always amazed at the efforts and the positive impact the Victory Garden Initiative has on our community.”

In addition to volunteering for the Victory Garden Initiative, the manufacturer donated the use of an SV300 skid steer for the event.

“Case continues to show incredible support for the Blitz,” said Victory Garden Initiative Director Gretchen Mead. “By volunteering, providing equipment and supporting resources, Case demonstrates their passion for our mission and our efforts in the Milwaukee communities. We are thankful for their on-going partnership.”

The gardens are made possible with a $160 donation or sponsorship. Each garden is 4-ft. by 8-ft., and includes a full installation as well as new soil from local composters. Volunteers install the gardens in backyards and front yards of homes, schools, community centers and more.

The inspiration behind the Victory Garden Initiative came from WWI and WWII, where communities built their own gardens using available space and resources to support the war effort. Today, they continue to find creative ways to grow food in order to create communities that support one another and provide strong local economies. The scope of Victory Garden’s educational programs and urban agricultural projects encompass a complete cycle: from soil, to seed, to plate, to composting and back to soil.

For more information, visit www.victorygardeninitiative.org.