According to the National WWII Museum, there were over 20,000,000 Victory Gardens planted across the United States as part of the war effort. By the end of the war these home gardeners grew 40% of all produce in the United States. Even the city folks got in on the effort and grew windowsill gardens or roof-top community gardens. There was also a big push on canning due to the rationing of canned goods which were sent to soldiers.

I’d like to encourage anyone who see this post to plant something, anything, this year (of course, I’m partial to the thought of growing herbs as well as fruits and vegetables.) Think of it the same way they did during wartime, like your life depended on it. Decide what you and your family would eat and how you can preserve or share the excess (canning, freezing, donating to food pantry or shelter.) Use non-GMO (organic) seeds and learn a few tips about natural pest control.

You’ll be surprised at how good homegrown food, especially food you grew yourself, will taste and make you feel. I believe that food and the person who grew it have a certain synchronicity that makes that food the best for that person. And remember, food is medicine. The food you grow will be healing to your body.

Growing a garden is also good therapy, no joke! The ability to create is a powerful feeling that brings joy, contentment and a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention how good it feels to get anger out while weeding 

If we could get more people to consider growing their own food, at least a portion of it, what a HUGE statement that would make to companies who seem to be our “enemies” when it comes to health. Especially if the people who have a little space would grow enough to trade, sell or give to those who don’t have the space. Wouldn’t it be great to bring back daily farmer’s markets?

 Victory Garden poster

If you’d like to take a class on Herb Gardening, check our schedule for 2014 at http://www.redroadherbs.com

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