The Come Back of Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens, also called War Gardens or Food Gardens for Defense, were planted during World War I and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply.

In 1943, Americans planted over 20 million Victory Gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly a third of all the vegetables consumed in the country that year.

Victory Gardens came in every shape and size. They were planted in the front yard, in the back yard, on the porch, on the patio, on the balcony, on roof tops, on empty city lots and in community garden centers.

The concept of planting your own garden is very foreign to us in our post-war, global economy.  For years we have been bombarded by marketing messages of consumerism, reliance on others, and have experienced nearly constant economic growth. Till now.

San Francisco city hall front lawn was turned in a victory garden in 2008.

The White House South  lawn is in the process of change.  “On Friday, Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets (the president doesn’t like them) but arugula will make the cut.

While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at time when obesity has become a national concern.

In an interview in her office, Mrs. Obama said, “My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

More here at New York Times.

Today our food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to table. Instead of traveling many miles from farm to table, your food could travel from your own victory garden to your table.

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