Friday, March 28, 2008

Victory gardens .... call to arms.

(thanks dad for the inspiration) I was revisiting the concept of the VICTORY GARDEN and I am updating its definition to fit this local movement. Here is original definition:

"Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during WWI and WWII to reduce the pressure on the public food supply brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil "morale booster" — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. Making victory gardens became a part of daily life on the home front."

So let's think about this - we are in a war(s), are paying
$100 + per barrel for oil, world food prices are going up, and our health is suffering from eating conventional food. So let's rally the 'food gardeners' once again and resurrect those VICTORY GARDENS! Not only good for your country -- good for your health, wealth, and well-being! Can you hear the trumpets blowing :) This is the local movement at its very best.

So whether you grow some sprouts in your window sill, tomatoes in your container garden, or till up your backyard for a large bounty, let's all invest in ourselves and our families. VICTORY GARDENS in its updated definition should be:

"Local food gardens that increase the quality of food and decrease the demand for mass produced, GMO, and chemical laden food. In addition, these gardens provide quality of life boosters by connecting us to the food that feed our bodies. Connecting to this cycle will help us not only improve our health but will also boost our local economies making us less susceptible to world changes. Make victory gardens a part of our daily life."

I now step down from my soap box.....