||Hunger is a lethal weapon. We
have the capacity and the capability to eliminate hunger through the
distribution of food, seeds and knowledge. The variety of programs and
projects past and present is impressive.
Share your memories of or read about the tremendous success of the War
Garden and Victory Garden campaigns during World Wars I & II. (The
War Garden Victorious - 1919.) and the new International Victory
Garden Movement. Learn about A Garden in Every School program,
community gardens and community supported agriculture (CSAs).
Hunger can and must be stopped.
War Gardens (World War I) - 1917
The United States government strongly encouraged everyone to plant a
garden to provide their own food so that food, transportation and
other resources could be freed up for the war effort. The National War
Garden Commission was formed to provide "systematic education of the people"
to develop "latent resources of food supply."
sole aim of the National War Garden Commission was to arouse the patriots of
America to the importance of putting all idle land to work, to teach them
how to do it, and to educate them to conserve by canning and drying all food
they could not use while fresh. The idea of the "city farmer" came into
being." The War Garden Victorious
by Charles Lathrop Pack - 1919
Victory Gardens (World War II)
The Victory Gardens of World War II continued the amazing success of the
War Gardens of World War I. Not all of the books and pamphlets about the
Victory Gardens have passed into the public domain and must be researched
individually for copyright. In addition to the information published by the
government, many companies published how-to booklets for their employees and
community. I will add these items as copyright permissions allow.
Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR)
Writers Association of America (GWAA) and Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
sponsor Plant a Row for the Hungry, a communications campaign encouraging garden
communities to donate fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to food
banks and/or soup kitchens in need.
Garden Mosaics Project
(United States Department of Agriculture's Home Gardening page
CSREES Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE)-
Extension Horticulture Information
Home and Garden Information Center
Home Gardening Resources
Home Gardening Tips
National Agricultural Library's Gardening Resources
National Arboretum Gardening Tips
Organic Vegetable Gardens
Plant Hardiness Zones
USDA Vegetable Laboratory
The renewed enthusiasm for Victory Gardens is getting an
even bigger boost with the announcement (March 2009) of a planned Victory
Garden on the south White House lawn. There is now an incredible amount of
information available on the internet about gardening and sustainability.
Here are just a very few links to some sites that have been around for
World Seed Fund
"World Seed Fund
distributes open-pollinated seeds to individuals, community groups, and
organizations that need them most and who cannot afford to purchase them. In
addition to seeds, we include educational information. These resources help
many grow their own food and save their own seed."
a garden in
The National Gardening Association (NGA)
Gardening with Kids
see also Gardening with Kids for books
A Garden In Every School program. This
program seems to me to be one of the best ideas to ever be rediscovered. (I
have a book copyrighted in 1913 titled School and Home Gardens by
W.H.D. Meier. School gardens also played a large part in the incredible
success of the War and Victory Gardens.)
When gardening is fully integrated into the curriculum
children can learn science, math, communication, economics, social studies,
geography and home economics in addition to learning responsibility and
cooperation. When the food is used in their cafeteria, kids can learn about
nutrition and just how good "real" food" can be. A garden in every school
would go a long way towards feeding a man for a lifetime.
Searching for "a garden in every school" on any search engine will point
you to many other resources.
RED, WHITE AND
BLUE PATRIOTIC GARDEN
Plant a patriot vegetable garden and give the food to your local food
red, white and blue potatoes
red, white and blue corn
strawberries, blueberries and white peaches
red tomatoes, white corn, blue squash
red beans, white onions, blue corn
watermelon, white grapes, borage
Other ideas? e-mail
How to get started and links to community garden programs by state - information from the
American Community Gardening Association.
"promotes urban food production and environmental conservation" and has a
wealth of information and links. Their goal reminds me a lot of the the war
and victory gardens.
SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture is a mutually supportive partnership
where you purchase a share of the harvest from a local food grower who
provides you with fresh farm produce throughout the growing season. Shares
are bought in advance of the growing season to provide the funds to grow the
Find a CSA near you at the
Robyn Van En Center for
Help preserve our biodiversity. Exchange seeds with others.
Savers Exchange (SSE) is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization that is
saving "heirloom" (handed-down) garden seeds from extinction. SSE's 8,000
members grow and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits,
grains, SSE's main focus is on heirloom varieties that gardeners and farmers
brought to North America when their families immigrated, and traditional
varieties grown by Native Americans, Mennonites and Amish. Since SSE was
founded in 1975, our members have distributed an estimated 750,000 samples
of endangered seeds not available through catalogs and often on the verge of
extinction. SSE has always been the leader of the heirloom seed movement,
and the diligent efforts of our members are making rare heirloom varieties
available to gardeners everywhere."