The History & Resurgence of Victory Gardens20. July 2017
2017 is the centennial of the Victory Garden. While many of us have heard this term before, some may not be overly familiar with what it really means. So let’s take a brief history lesson on the Victory Garden.
- how, when, where, and what to grow
- how to ward off unwanted insect infestations
- how to preserve surplus crops through canning and/or drying
The end of WWII saw the push for Victory Gardens come to a close, once again. But in recent years there has been an uptick in the resurgence of them. The War Gardens in public parks from the early 20th century were reborn as Community Gardens. Neighbors can feel an increased sense of community and stewardship of the land. Along with this rebirth of a shared gardening experience came the resurgence of saving and sharing seeds. Seed saving maintains the best tasting heirloom produce for the dinner table.
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FUN FACT: In June of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover to head the US Food Administration. It was tasked with managing America’s food reserves. Hoover urged the US people to produce more, consume less, and live simply. Propaganda posters for this effort read “Feed a Fighter: Eat only what you need. Waste Nothing, that he and his family may have enough.” Due in large part to Hoover’s actions, America avoided mandatory rationing during the first World War. This decrease in consumption came to be known as “Hooverizing”.
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Suggested Reading List:
- Grit magazine - “A History of Victory Gardens”
- Cultivating Victory: The Women's Land Army and the Victory Garden Movement by Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant
- Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War by Elaine F. Weiss
- Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees by Lori Weidenhammer
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