An uncertain economy and a greener generation have spurred many individuals (and communities) towards home gardening as a means of obtaining fresh food. Are we looking at a revival of the Victory Garden?
Victory Gardens were extremely commonplace during World War II. In January 1949 food rations were instituted and the government began asking people to plant gardens as a means to support the troops. As more people grew their own food, commercially farmed fruits and vegetables were freed up for troops overseas. By 1943 over 20 million Victory Gardens had sprung up throughout the United States in backyards, empty lots, even on rooftops in the city. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that during the war almost 10 million tons of fruits and vegetables were harvested at home and in the community.
As WWII ended the government stopped promoting Victory Gardens and for many decades urban agriculture and home gardens fell by the wayside, until now that is. Saving on food costs, having access to fresh produce, decreasing your carbon footprint, growing hard to find veggies, sharing with friends and neighbors, educating children, decreasing poverty, there are endless reasons why people have begun to rediscover and reconnect with their food.
Don’t have a yard? I’ve used old wagons and other reclaimed items as planters for my porch or balcony. Window boxes and rooftop gardens are great alternative for people in apartments. Limited space? Square foot gardening allows you to pack the largest variety of plants into the least amount of space. With so many creative solutions out there I have just one question, what will you be planting?
By Megan Richards.