Posts Tagged: Victory Gardens
Maintaining a strong food supply was an integral part of homefront support efforts where victory garden campaigns were not only important in creating food for home use and supplying to troops, but also as a patriotic booster for those at home who wanted to do their part.
Rose Hayden-Smith, Ventura County Cooperative Extension's community and youth development advisor, spoke at the exhibit on January 26 on "Digging for Victory: How America's Gardeners Helped the War Effort." Rose is a historian with an active and passionate interest in victory gardens, their place in history and their relevance to maintaining a healthy and abundant food supply for the present and the future. You can learn more about this at her Victory Grower website.
Check out this historic exhibit so relevant to our county which has some of the most versatile agricultural land in the state.
Dates of exhibit: Now through March 27, 2013
Museum of Ventura County
926 Railroad Ave.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Please see the museum website for hours and admission costs.
Rose leads a statewide initiative for sustainable food systems and has a passionate interest in promoting community and victory gardens. It is no surprise that she won a Twitter contest prize invitation to the tour by expressing within the website's 140 character limit format why she wanted to visit the White House garden.
This was Rose's second visit to the White House gardens. After the tour, the group spent several hours with White House staff learning more about the administration's food and health initiatives. The stay included touring urban garden projects in Washington D.C. with UC ANR advisor Rachel Surls from the UC Los Angeles extension office.
The social is a part of the Fall Garden Tours in October where invitees and members of the public can view the kitchen garden, Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House.
USDA’s Growing A Nation: The Story of America Agriculture is an amazing resource.
In addition to general timelines and statistical information from the 1700’s through 2000, there is an assortment of videos and audio clips including:
- The More Milk for More Children promotion, produced in 1954
- Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman addresses the issue of hunger and raises questions in 1968
- A 1916 silent film depicting the process from wool to cloth
- Food to Win the War, produced in 1941
- And much more
Gardens enable people to improve their food security. Plus gardens have many other benefits.
The Victory Gardens of World War I and World War II - and the garden efforts of the Great Depression - helped Americans increase home and community food security. In addition to helping the family budget and improving nutrition, these gardens helped to save fuel by reducing transportation; provided natural beauty in communities; empowered every citizen to contribute to a national effort; and bridged social, ethnic, class, age and cultural differences during times when cooperation was vital.
We are in the midst of a new cycle of a garden movement. While there are many reasons people are gardening today, there is a growing demand for food that is tasty, nutritious, and economically and environmentally sustainable.
The current resurgence in home and community gardens is similar to previous calls to garden in our country. Using gardens and the food that comes from them, we can profoundly change our lives and our communities. Gardening empowers eaters to take an active role in producing their own food. This simple act can improve nutrition; teach youth about science; reduce health care costs; regenerate the economy; preserve natural resources; strengthen national security; build resilient communities; and nourish future generations.
Gardening offers many opportunities to improve one’s life by providing outdoor exercise, and excellent nutrition with home-grown fruits and vegetables. Working outside at home makes it easier to meet and greet neighbors – or make new friends at a community garden. But perhaps most importantly, during these uncertain economic times, gardening can help people be more self-sufficient.
On Wednesday, April 13 Rose Hayden-Smith will give a talk at UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC). The title of Dr. Hayden-Smith’s lecture is From Victory Gardens to Urban Agriculture: Join the Garden Revolution.
From the IHC site:
“Hayden-Smith will present an in-depth look at the past and present of the Victory Garden movement. This paper will review historical case studies and discuss current national policies and models as well as future work needed to sustain the Victory Garden model as part of the overall local food movement. Hayden-Smith will also discuss urban agriculture and how the local food-systems movement is addressing a wide range of challenges facing Americans today. A graduate of UCSB, Hayden-Smith is the Strategic Initiative Leader for Sustainable Food Systems for UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division.”
There is no cost to attend. Further details can be found here.