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The Fruity Nutty BLITZ promotes the planting of fruit and nut trees in residential yards and community spaces throughout the Milwaukee area. By planting fruit and nut trees, our goal is to protect the environment, improve public health, and strengthen our community. This year we will be planting trees from May 3rd-6th, and we'll need plenty of help from volunteers.

Through the Fruity Nutty Five, we have already awarded 28 Fruity Nutty Orchards throughout Milwaukee and planted hundreds of other fruit and nut trees, including those at the Victory Garden Urban Farm. VGI is now allowing families, individuals, and organizations to order smaller quantities of trees. We want everyone to be able to grow their own food in every space possible.

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. We hope that neighbors who grow fruit and nut trees will share their bounty!

The trees available for 2018 planting include:

 Jonathan Apple

 Cortland Apple
 Honeycrisp Apple*
This apple variety requires another apple tree
nearby to pollinate - most apple varieties
(and even some crabapples) can help pollinate!
 North Star Cherry
 Sungold Apricot*
This apricot tree must be planted next to a Moongold Apricot to pollinate
 Moongold Apricot*
This apricot tree must be planted next to a Sungold Apricot to pollinate! 
 Reliance Peach  Bartlett Pear

 Summercrisp Pear*
This pear tree requires another pear tree to pollinate
 American Hazelnut*
You'll need at least two of these shrubs, since the single plant is NOT self-fertile
 Northblue Blueberry

 Toka Plum

Everyone who orders a tree through the Fruity Nutty BLITZ will be encouraged to attend a tree care class taught by VGI (Dates TBA). These classes will cover watering, pruning, mulching, and harvesting. VGI will also help you decide the location where your fruit tree will grow best. Caring for a fruit or nut tree is a commitment, but

*Certain trees require a pollinator to grow fruit. You (or a neighbor!) will need a second tree. Trees should be planted within 50 feet of one another (but at least 10 feet apart). 


What if you could pick peaches from your backyard, and trade them for pears from your neighbor's yard? What if the vacant lot on your block was transformed into a vibrant, food producing orchard where neighborhood kids could pick fresh fruit all summer long? Encourage your neighbors to order trees too!


Email Eric@VictoryGardenInitiative.org or call 414-727-2292 with questions. 

Since its inception in 2012, our Fruity Nutty 5 orchards have grown in many ways! 

THE 2018 FRUITY NUTTY BLITZ IS SPONSORED                                       IN PART BY:                                                   


past FRUITY Nutty Five Orchard winners

Our friends at Five Points Neighborhood Association made this video about their Fruity Nutty 5 urban orchard! They are planning to expand their current orchard and gardening space to benefit their community even more. 


Gingerbread Lane


Runner up: Walker's Point



Walker's Point

DMZ Community Garden

45th Street

friends of Tippecanoe Park

Read more about the winners here
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