The other day I was helping my nine year old study for her Social Studies test. The topic: World War II focusing on food rationing and Victory Gardens. How appropriate in today’s atmosphere of uncertainty.

Originally, Victory Gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted in private residences during World War I and II to primarily ease the demands on the public food supply brought on by the war. But these gardens were also morale boosters. What a perfect tradition to revive! We thirst for some sort of spirit enhancer and Eat the View , a people-powered campaign to start a victory-type garden on the White House premises does just this. The idea behind the White House Victory Garden is to grow organic produce for the White House kitchen as well as for local food pantries. Some believe this is simply a symbolic move if the Obama’s favorably decide to adopt the Victory Garden concept; but it’s functional, too. “Through the process of growing your own food, you reap the benefits of better health through tastier, more nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables, a more physically fit body, and, quite possibly, improved psychological well-being, something that money can’t buy. Assuming you don’t live on a toxic waste dump, your food will potentially be safer. It can be economical. And, when you grow it yourself, you gain an appreciation for what the true value of food really is.”

So why not undertake “Victory” home garden? Start small with some herbs. If you’re more adventurous, find a local spot in your community where everyone can take part. Here are some great tips to keep in mind that will not only save you money, but will allow you to conserve food (by growing your own) and natural resources. You can be part of the solution by keeping America’s food supply safe, healthy, nutritious, and local:

· To create a compost in my backyard.

· To use drip irrigation or soaker hoses in my garden and/or flower bed instead of regular sprinklers which will use less water.

· To buy natural pesticides for my garden as opposed to using chemical pesticides.

· To use mulch in the garden to conserve water.

· If your green thumb isn’t cooperating, be sure to buy food from a local farmer’s market instead of the supermarket when possible.



What a symbolic and real statement President and First Lady Obama can make: eat locally and healthy. The Victory Garden will address the issues that affect us all from global warming, environmental ruin, and economic crises.



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