Victory Gardens, We Need Them!
The stock market is crashing, retirement funds are nonexistent, wars wage on across the world and unemployment is still high. The world seems a little bleak now a days. This is why as individuals and communities we need to do something about it!
Life has become hard for many, the bare essentials of life are difficult to attain for everyone, even in the most developed countries in the world. You could search and search for a solution that would bring everything back to a comfortable situation but even if you found it, history would repeat itself. So maybe the solution relies on a little bit of the past and the efficiency of the present in order to create a brighter future. What I’m talking about are Victory Gardens, we need them!
These garden term was born during the turbulent years of the world wars. They were meant to feed families at home so that more supplies could go overseas to soldiers. It was about sustainability, survival, sacrifice, community and patriotism! It may not solve all the problems of today but it would only offer benefits to life as we know it.
Old Video promoting Victory Gardens!
Benefits of Victory Gardens
- The most important result of the incorporation of victory gardens back into our society is simple; it provides a source of food for residents, especially those who can’t regularly afford fresh fruits and vegetables. If the garden space is available and a person is willing to put in a little work here and there, a whole season worth of veggies could only cost a couple of dollars per seed packet!
- In addition to providing a food source, Victory Gardens also provide educational value. These gardens can show people where our food comes from and how it grows. Future generations will benefit from this knowledge. Who knows, if more victory gardens take root the epidemic of obesity may slow.
- Victory Gardens will also support the local food movement, increasing the sustainability and value of local communities, not to mention saving all the carbon and energy that is used to ship food across the world! If done on a large enough scale this will reduce United States oil consumption as well as weaken the ripple effects of natural disasters on food sources halfway around the world.
- Finally the vegetation alone will create green space in cities, offering areas for relaxation, storm water management, reduction of urban heat island effect and for many areas just an overall better aesthetic . The benefits are countless!
The Modern Victory Garden
Some would say the local food movement is a modern victory garden and it could be. If it takes stress off the regional, national and global food structure, while supplying people with food, I’d say it’s a victory garden. The same can be said for the new urban farming movement and grow your own movements, all of these could be classified as victory gardens and victory gardens would fit within any one of these movements.
With the new use of social media inundating every person’s life on a daily basis, campaigns can be brought back and be more informative and effective then the very cool posters for the victory garden campaigns of the 1940’s. Blogs, Twitter and Facebook can spread the word, share pictures and experiences. Most importantly, social media can connect people and encourage them to start their own local victory garden. The application of social media to an old idea can be prosperous!
The only way to get the benefits is to take action! So start with a single pot of tomatoes or grab a shovel and dig out your yard planting every vegetable you love but when it comes down to it any implementation of growing some of your food will take pressure of the global structure, benefiting you, your family, and the earth. Ultimately we need to secure our food sources and learn where our food comes from and this can only be done through victory gardens, we need them!
Would you grow a victory garden?
My 2012 Victory Garden!
My Victory Garden
Of course I have my own victory garden. For the last few years I have grown veggies in a my garden, which I have recently turned into a raised garden bed. I also grow a number of vegetables in containers on my deck. I have even moved beyond just growing veggies and have begun to grow blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in my backyard. The fruit is very easy to grow and absolutely delicious!
The best thing about a victory garden, is that it can be anything from a small pot of mixed salad greens to mini orchard! YOU make your victory garden into what you want it to be!
Check out more of my victory garden on my blog #GrowYourOwn My Vegetable Garden