In 2012-2013, Victory Garden Initiative held the first ever Fruity Nutty Five contest as part of our annual Fruity Nutty Campaign. Neighborhoods from across Milwaukee competed to win a Fruity Nutty orchard--up to 30 fruit and nut producing trees, shrubs, and vines. We asked neighborhoods to rally at least 10 participating households or community members and to get creative with their submissions. From Bay View to Sherman Park, we were blown away by the quality of applications.

Every year at the Fruity Nutty Affair in February, we reveal the winners of the Fruity Nutty Five Contest. In April, we rally volunteers and community members from each of the neighborhoods to plant the trees. If you're interested in being involved, please contact Kelly

Read more about our 2013 Fruity Nutty Neighborhoods and their amazing stories below:

45th Street - Metcalfe Park - Riverwest - Tippecanoe Park - Walker's Point

Our 2014 Fruity Nutty Neighborhoods are: 

Highland Community School/King Park - All People's Church - Vincent High School - Gingerbread Lane - Bay View

Our 2015 Fruity Nutty Neighborhoods are: 

COA Youth & Family Goldin Center - Riverworks Development Corporation - Story Hill - Tippecanoe Church/Saveland Park - Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center's Native Wellness Garden - Pete's Fruit Market - Peace Park

coa youth & family goldin center

COA’s mission and family-centered philosophy reflect its understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the challenges faced by the low-income children and families it serves. COA is driven by the knowledge that parents’ ability to support and directly engage in their child’s development is vital to the impact of programming.

RIVERWORKS development corporation

The Riverworks Business Improvement Districts 25 and 36 seek to improve, maintain, and promote the Riverworks Center through thoughtful programs and services for the benefit of all property owners, tenants, consumers, and residents.

Residents of 45th Street - photos by Kevin Sas


We are part of 45th Street between North Ave. and Center St. It is a great neighborhood filled with beautiful old houses and wonderful people. 

We applied for the trees because we wanted something that would add beauty to the neighborhood, give us some fresh food that we could eat, and have something that residents of the neighborhood could be proud of and enjoy together. 

We are excited to get the trees as one part of the way we see our neighborhood improving. 

metcalfe park

We are so excited to be one of the neighborhoods to be chosen to receive the wonderful fruit trees. We are proud to be the kind of neighborhood where there are neighbors that have the common goal which is to get to know each other again. We are families that have lived in Metcalfe Park for over 15 years, families who raised their children here and are now raising grandchildren, and we have families that are new to the neighborhood.

This project will help to bring all of those families out to get to know one another and to get to know Metcalfe Park as a thriving community. Some may ask, "Why do you live there?" and to that we answer, "Because we want to live here."

Metcalfe Park Neighborhood photos courtesy of Angela Pruitt

Riverwest Neighborhood  photos by Sura Faraj


The 2900, 3000 and 3100 blocks of North Booth Street reflect both the history and the contemporary flavor of the larger Riverwest Community. Diversity and tolerance are apparent. Neighbors quietly and consistently help and support each other in their efforts to live a more sustainable and connected life in an urban setting. 

Many have maintained gardens for years. Gardens are a hot topic of conversation through the summer and fall. The spoils of the gardening season are often shared. Homes are upgraded rather than sold. 

As a result, these blocks have a high percentage of owner-occupied buildings. People are invested financially and personally. 

The award of a Fruity Nutty orchard will enable residents already involved in urban farming a way to expand their plantings. For others, this orchard will help to initiate gardening and food production on their properties. As many of the lots are small, these plants and trees will be visible from the street in front and side yards. Training neighborhood representatives to prune trees will build individual skills and add to the already rich local pool of skills and interests. 

Photos courtesy of Tammy Koz

Friends of tippecanoe park

Tippecanoe neighborhood is just south of Bay View. We applied for a fruit and nut orchard to help grow our community and revive the largest park in our neighborhood. Over the past few years, Tippecanoe Park has been in a bit of a decline due to graffiti, litter, crime, overgrown baseball diamonds, and the recent cutting down of over a dozen ash trees due to the highly destructive Emerald Ash Borer. 

This project will improve our park and our neighborhood by the planting of new life and by bringing people together. There are several groups involved including the residents of Saveland Avenue, the students participating in Clement Avenue School’s spring ecology unit, as well as anyone who would like to join the neighborhood group we are organizing in partnership with Milwaukee County, called Friends of Tippecanoe Park. This group will help watch over and care for the fruity nutty plants.  

Milwaukee County Parks agreed to let us plant all of the trees and shrubs right within Tippecanoe Park. This way everyone in the neighborhood will have access to the fruit and nuts they produce. Friends of Tippecanoe Park will host a corn roast at the park pavilion this summer to celebrate and give thanks for the gifts that the Victory Garden Initiative has bestowed upon us.  Here's to all of the fruity nutty Milwaukee neighborhoods who are growing food! 'Be the change you wish to see in the world!' 

walker's point

Walker's Point is located in the most densely populated zip code of Milwaukee and is the only original Milwaukee settlement still preserved. In our community, fast food and take-out options shadow local restaurants, food production and fresh food. 

The neighborhood orchard will be integrated into our largely concrete landscape - where industrial buildings and parking lots outnumber trees or parks. This mixed-use area is home to schools, food production, community organizations, restaurants, independent businesses and historic homes.

This application brings together 16 community stakeholders: Anodyne Coffee Roasters; Bradley Tech High School; City of Milwaukee; CORE/El Centro and other tenants of the Clock Shadow Building; Fix Development; Independence First;
INdustri Café; LaMerenda; The Noble restaurant; Residents of 2nd and 3rd Streets; and the Urban Ecology Center.  When putting together the application, we received overwhelming support from all of our neighbors; the biggest challenge was finding patches of green space to plant the trees! 
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