19 March 2019. War Gardens in WWI and later Victory Gardens in WWII were an important part of the American war contributions. At the height of WWII, production from backyard gardens made up over 40% of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the United States. Growing and preserving food was thought to improve the morale of the citizens, while decreasing the pressure on the public food supply.
Today, over one third of American farmers are over the age of 60. As the population of farmers decreases, we could again be facing a national food crisis. With increased transportation costs and a crumbling national transportation infrastructure, the costs of food will only continue to increase.
Why not turn to your own backyard to solve the problem? With improved yields and planting strategies, the average family can grow enough produce to feed themselves on 1/4 acre or less. Add in a few chickens, and you will have fresh eggs for amazing omelets! Do you live in an apartment or rental and can't put in a garden? Container gardening can reduce your reliance on the grocery store even if you grow only a few tomato or pepper plants! We set up an aquaponics system in the house that not only gives us strong, healthy plants, but the joy of watching our fish swim around!
What do you grow in your Victory Garden? We'd love to hear from you!