Victory Garden in the Zombie Apocalypse
When I began research on what to do with my garden this year, one of the resources that I found was about “Victory Gardens.” So I must begin with everyone’s favorite resource for interesting (albeit potentially flawed) information, Wikipedia:
“Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II. George Washington Carver wrote an agricultural tract and promoted the idea of what he called a “Victory Garden”. They were used along with Rationing Stamps and Cards to reduce pressure on the public food supply. Besides 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. This made victory gardens a part of daily life on the home front.” Wikipedia – “Victory Garden”
Honestly the only things I knew about Victory gardens were from old cartoons and black and white kids shorts like The Little Rascals. And for anyone wanting a course on wartime propaganda, these are a great study.
But the idea was pretty simple. Back in the 30’s and 40’s, resources were scarce. We were dealing with the Great Depression and world War 2. And people needed food. So why not encourage people to fend for themselves and grow a garden.
The funny thing is, the advice that was offered to people about private gardens was really pretty good. It offered ideas about crops to grow and how to keep it sustained. Let’s face it, the food you grow will not be all that you will need. But it does provide fresh vegetables and fruits that were not available.
So Why is This Relevant Today?
Right now, I believe that following this process of creating a Home Garden to be of vital importance. That’s me. And my reasons, while some might say sound like they are coming from the mind of a raving lunatic, are pretty sound.
- We have just come out on the other side of a long and protracted Recession – The Great Recession of 2008. – How hard was your family hit during this last recession? For us, it was significant. I lost my main job in 2010. On the one hand, this was sad. It was a pretty good job. On the other, it was a loss in income. And prospects were not good. To continue working in my field, I would have taken a significant pay cut. So I began working from home. And while the income is different, we have been able to make it work.
- The World (and our own Government) is not to be trusted – As an ardent civil libertarian, I am always concerned about the powers that control structures may have over our lives. “Don’t tread on Me” has as much if not more relevance today as it did back in the 1700’s. It’s not the British doing it to us. But it is the Anti Gun Lobby, the Global Warming/Climate Change movement, Monsanto, whoever is spraying Chemtrails all over the sky. The list goes on.
- Health – You have no idea what is being passed off as food these days – As I have noted in other articles, the level of processing and chemical contamination in our food and water sources is unbelievable. By growing things yourself, you can exercise better control of your food. What is your opinion about such things as Flouride being added to your water?
So for me, it is not so much for Victory, but rather for protection. Am I going to go so far as many preppers and begin storing long term food supplies, water filters, Alternative power sources? Not yet, but that may be next.
For now, it is transforming my yard into a positive growing environment that will produce healthy food for my family to eat. And if I can do so, while entertaining people and offering sound advice, then it is a bonus.
I couldn’t agree more! And the food tastes SO much better. I bought a small house on a city lot two years ago and immediately began putting in a food forest. I’m amazed at the abundance already and the plants are all still very young. Where there as once only starving weeds and struggling established plantings there is now rich black soil, 7 fruit trees, 1 grape vine, 5 varieties of berries, many medicinal herbs, flowers, and food crops. The bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife are happy and a new microclimate is emerging. This year I’ll learn how to can and dry food correctly (although I’ve been eating a super-tasty green tomato chutney from last year.) I’ll also have lots of food to share with friends and neighbors. Beyond that, it helps to connect with the Earth and that’s a wonderful thing. So cheers for Victory Gardens! Thanks for the lovely article Andrew and congratulations on the new website. 🙂
Thank you Sarah! I agree whole heartedly on the flavor of the fresh veggies. And I congratulate you on your garden as well!