The world was at war. Resources of all kinds were being diverted to
support national war efforts. Countries asked their citizens to help in
every way that they could.
People dutifully funded the war by purchasing bonds, they conserved raw
materials, they recycled, they rallied behind the troops, they helped their
neighbors, they gave their lives, and they planted "Gardens for Victory".
Victory Gardens came in every shape and size. Governments and
corporations promoted this call for self-reliance. People in
all areas, rural and
urban alike, worked the soil to raise food for their families, friends, and
neighbors. Victory gardening enabled more supplies to be shipped to our
troops around the world.
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These concepts are very foreign
to us in our post-war,
global economy. For
years we have been
bombarded by marketing messages of consumerism, reliance on others, and have
experienced nearly constant economic growth. A whole generation of young
people know it no other way. As our population ages,
we are losing the experiences and knowledge of the Great Depression and WW II
from our society's psyche.
History is cyclical, the strong economy of the 1980s and 1990s has begun to
weaken, and there are lessons to be learned from the past. It is always
a good time to plant your own "Victory Garden".
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