As World War I raged across Europe, a food crisis unfolded. Agricultural workers and their farmlands moved into military service and battlefields. This transformation decreased food supplies in the immediate region and increased the need for the United States to support its European allies. The National War Garden Commission was created in support of the food exportation overseas. The organization encouraged Americans to plant, harvest, and store fruits and vegetables from their own personal “Victory Gardens.”
Through successful propaganda efforts including posters, word of mouth, and the distribution of canning and drying manuals,
The successful Victory Gardens initiative emerged again in the Second World War as commercial crops were sent overseas and food rationing was introduced in 1942. This time around, Americans utilized anything and everything they could find – flower pots, apartment rooftops, abandoned lots, and the front lawn of the White House. (Yup, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt ignored the Department of Agriculture’s protest and pulled out her gardening shovel instead.)
Coupled with the 100th anniversary of the National Garden Bureau, and this year’s continual turning of events, the buzz of a Victory Gardens revival should come as no surprise.
In the spirit of sharing the goodness of gardening and in honor of Victory Gardens, perhaps this is the year to expand your garden so that you can give from the abundance. If several seasons have passed since you last planted a garden, this is the perfect time to bring it back. Or if you’ve never planted a garden before, this is your year.
Whatever the reason for growing your own Victory Garden, just know that we are all for it and excited to help! Nostalgia has kind of been our thing this year.
To hear more about gardening revivals or to hear what is happening at our Emerald City, please sign up to join our newsletter.
We adore veteran gardeners. Their wisdom. Their sage (pun intended) advice. But there is just something special about helping...
Seems like this year the desire to dig in the garden and release our green thumbs is stronger than...