“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
Victory Gardens were a concept started during the W.W. II era as a means to help with the food shortages created from the war. Nearly 20 million Americans grew Victory Gardens during this period producing up to 40% of all that was consumed.
It’s time to bring back the Victory Gardens for multiple reasons, we can all make a difference.
“Today our food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to table. The process of planting, fertilizing, processing, packaging, and transporting our food uses a great deal of energy and contributes to the cause of global warming.
“Planting a Victory Garden to fight global warming would reduce the amount of pollution your food contributes to global warming. Instead of traveling many miles from farm to table, your food would travel from your own garden to your table.
“Our current economic situation is other good reason to start a Victory Garden. Every time that food is shipped from the farm to the store and your table, gasoline is used. As gasoline prices rise, food costs rise.” ~ From: Revive the Victory Garden
Growing a garden offers many health benefits as well. Because of the long distance our food travels before reaching the stores and the time and procedures involved in processing and shipping, much of our food has lost its vital energy. Fresh grown and picked fruits and vegetables are full of vibrant energy which we absorb into our bodies, providing a higher nutritional value and goodness as well. If grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, we are able to eliminate some of the toxic chemicals that enter our bodies through our food.
Taking the time to grow our own gardens is not only satisfying but reduces stress as well, just the connection with nature provides that. It really doesn’t take that much. Fruit, vegetable and herb plants can be grown in containers or mixed in with other plantings.