The passage of time has proven again and again that the world works in rounds. Popular today, gone tomorrow only to be brought back again at a later date by a different generation. Sometimes this is a good thing and, if you've ever seen yourself in old pictures and wondered "What was I thinking?", sometimes a trend should just go away and stay away.
Lately I've been hearing more and more about the revival of the Victory Garden (and I think this is a good thing!). Victory Gardens started in the WWI and WWII era as a matter of necessity.
A campaign that encouraged folks to plant gardens in an effort to reduce the strain on the public food supply brought on by the war and ensure that enough canned goods were available to be shipped to the troops.
I think it was a genius idea since those who participated got to show their patriotism by helping out on the homefront, use fresh produce to stretch their rations and learn new skills like planting, growing, harvesting and preserving.
Overall, a staggeringly large number of families and communities joined in and pulled together to make the movement a huge success.
Interestingly enough, Victory Gardens never really went away. I didn't know that PBS has a show called "The Victory Garden" that has been on the air for over 30 years or that one of the original public victory gardens called Fenway Victory Gardens is still going strong and, according to their site, they are "America's Oldest Victory Gardens, est. 1942".
Just this spring I personally have witnessed a growing interest in vegetable gardening where people who used to see our vegetable garden or our canned goods and ask "why" would we do that are more and more asking "how". They take greater interest and actually walk out into the garden and look at it instead of viewing it from a distance like it was a UFO.
These days I honestly don't see how anyone who watches the news can't help but get an uneasy feeling about the state of our economy. Not to mention the rash of contaminated food products and recalls. And with the price of fuel affecting the price of all consumer goods, it is hitting everyone in their pocketbooks! And what about protecting the environment? Do you know how far your food traveled to reach your grocery store?
I don't know about you, but when I start taking all of that into consideration, I get the urge to be even more frugal and self-sufficient! So maybe the time is ripe for a revival of the old Victory Garden movement with a new purpose!