Victory Gardens were first started in World War I and continued through World War II. Residents were encouraged to plant their own fruit, herb and vegetable gardens as a way to make nourishing food available during the war. Many people still garden, either as a hobby or as a way to supplement their vegetable intake. We can still grow victory gardens to help our neighbors have access to fresh, nourishing food. We had a wonderful next door neighbor who would bring us freshly baked bread, vegetables from his garden and peaches from his tree. What wonderful treasures they were!
We have carried on his tradition with planting tomatoes, lettuces, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers and peas. One year we had an incredible tomato yield of 660 tomatoes! We were able to bless our local shelters and food pantries with fresh, wholesome food. We don’t use insecticides, so we feel comfortable about sharing what we have. Check with your local food pantry to see if they would be interested in receiving your bounty. Many organizations have a motto, “plant a row for the hungry”. As it is said, “It is in giving that we receive.”
Till the next time,
“The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.” – Anon