Case Construction Equipment and CNH Industrial donated the use of a skid-steer loader to the 9th Annual Victory Garden Blitz in the Greater Milwaukee area. This year, more than 300 volunteers installed 514 gardens, achieving a total of more than 3,500 gardens for communities throughout Milwaukee since the project’s inception.
Beginning with a group of friends in 2009 – who installed 35 raised-bed gardens in a single day -- Victory Garden Initiative’s mission focuses on empowering communities to grow their own food and re-establish the relationship between human and food ecology. In 2016, the initiative built a record-breaking 555 gardens in 15 days.
In addition to financial sponsorship of the initiative, Case and CNH Industrial donated the use of an SV300 skid-steer loader for the event.
“The nation’s largest garden building event is a huge community effort,” said Eric Anderson, Victory Garden Initiative Community Events Coordinator. “All of the Blitz volunteers wouldn’t be able to install over 500 gardens in such little time without the skid-steer Case and CNH Industrial provided.”
“Giving back to our communities by way of promoting sustainable farming and local infrastructure improvement is important to Case Construction and CNH Industrial as a whole,” said Athena Campos, senior director of marketing, Case Construction Equipment. “The Victory Garden Initiative brings people closer together by helping the community grow its own food and reinforces our focus on sustainability.”
Subsidized gardens are made possible with a $160 donation or sponsorship. Each raised bed garden is 4 by 8 feet and includes a full installation, new soil from local composters, and seeds. For more information, go to www.victorygardeninitiative.org/blitz.