GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — The 9th Edition New Leaf Garden Blitz is underway in Green Bay. Each year, the event aims to empower Green Bay residents to practice sustainability by growing their own food. Over the past 8 years, local non-profit associations New Leaf Foods installed nearly 800 gardens in schools, pantries, shelters and homes.
Over the course of a weekend, planters are built, installed and filled with soil by teams of volunteers. In addition to their gardening boxes, new gardeners are offered a variety of training opportunities, including a mentorship program that pairs experienced gardeners with new growers.
The mission of this year’s Flash Garden is to empower immigrant families, including those of Afghan, Hispanic, Hmong, and Somali descent. The nonprofit has sold garden boxes for the year and will install 80 flower beds during the May 12-15 event.
For the first time this year, New Leaf Foods is partnering with The Savages, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about the benefits of restoring and preserving the biodiversity of native plant communities. Wild Ones sells pollinator plant kits that come in sunny and shady varieties and 3 different sizes to fit any yard. Prices range from $18 to $70 and come with a professionally designed garden plan. Kits can be picked up at the New Leaf Garden Blitz box construction site at 23 Elkay Lane.
“I think the whole idea of New Leaf Foods and mentoring people and getting them started with vegetable gardens, it’s very special. Especially in urban areas where they may not have access to a lot of good produce,” said Nancy Kusch, a volunteer with Les Sauvages.
To find out how you can volunteer with New Leaf Foods, you can visit newleaffoods.org/volunteer.