Every Garden a Munition Plant

Back in the days of old-school wars, WWI and WWII that is, food shortages challenged the culture and vexed the governments. In the U.S. and the U.K., citizens were encouraged to start Victory Gardens, and people did so to support their country. There are a number of modern Victory Garden movements on, although this time they have nothing to do with war, or government. They are mostly grassroots movements, although some communities seem to be getting the idea that having people grow food could be helpful in many ways.

Vintage Victory Garden Newsreel Archived movie from the 1940’s depicting the Victory Garden. Did you know that gardening is just like owning a share in an airplane factory? Does that make you want to start a garden? Me either. This is here for nostalgia’s sake; I’m sure there’s lots of kitsch here. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. Short Attention Span.

San Francisco Victory Gardens program A few people are selected each year to participate in their program converting available space (yard/rooftop) to gardens. If you live in San Francisco, you can apply for the program. If you don’t live in San Francisco, this info is meant to inspire you to new ideas for your own community. Here’s another community inspiration: The Edible Plant Project in Gainesville, FL promotes edible landscaping and local food abundance.

Old Victory Garden Art

Every garden a munition plant? Allrighty then.

Maybe we can come up with some modern phrases that don’t compare our gardens to munition plants and airplane factories, and will appeal to the general public. But we won’t let Dick Cheney come up with it, or it would be something like “Every bit of food you grow is oil money out of my pocket.” I’ll have to work on some of these…Please post in comments if you have any good ones, and by good ones I mean would literally be good slogans OR would be hilariously funny or sarcastically attacking the mainstream consumer culture. I just can’t see the Fed endorsing a Victory Garden program because it might cut into big food company profits, and we gotta keep those people spendin’!

Love that soil and it will love you back!



2 comments so far

  1. Vera Pappas on

    I think community gardens are a great idea. There is a managed over 55 community in our area that has a huge victory garden. The plots are of varying sizes and of minimal cost to rent a plot for the season. Most of the plots are full of flowers and veggies, and neighbors socializing and sharing what they grow. It is a wonderful thing. More communities. We also have a local farm, that has set aside many acres for community gardening, strictly all organic. Great Stuff.

    I personally have my own garden, but for the things I do not grow, I go to the local farm market and buy direct from the farmer.

    The grocery store is no place to buy “fresh” fruits and veggies.

  2. Diane on

    Hi Vera:

    I agree totally! You are fortunate to be in an active area.

    I have started a Victory Garden Social Network at http://victorygardens.ning.com to connect with other Victory Gardeners, share harvest pics and encourage others to start home gardens.

    Keep up the good work!

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