Reviving the Victory Garden for a New Generation!
The Black Forest chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an international non-profit organization that teaches people how to use food to create health, launched its latest project, the Black Forest Victory Garden Club, on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the club, whether you live in Black Forest or not. Meetings are free of charge and by attending you are under no obligation of any kind. If you would like to be advised of the club’s future meetings and/or receive a lot of educational vegetable gardening material by e-mail, please contact Emmy at HealthSolutionsNow@earthlink.net and ask for your e-mail address to be added to the club’s distribution list.
What is a Victory Garden???? Well, back in World War II, not only were many food staples like coffee, butter, eggs, meat and sugar in short supply and rationed, but fresh fruits and vegetables were often unavailable too, due to lack of men working the farms and lack of fuel to transport produce to markets. So the government called upon all Americans to plant “Victory Gardens” to help out. And plant they did! In every nook and cranny, from rooftops of tall buildings to vacant lots, to their own back yards! They rallied together and made it happen! And they ended up growing almost 40% of all the fruits and vegetables grown during those years!
Neighbors worked together to do whatever it took. They shared expertise, seeds, tools, labor and land. They co-mentored. They made themselves available to one another. Often neighbors bartered produce or formed food co-ops to share their crops with one another. And often they shared meals and feasted on what they had grown.
The mission of the Black Forest Victory Garden Club is to revive the kind of passion for growing food that our ancestors had in those trying days. To revive comradery and pride and community around growing what we eat. And further, to create experiences so that gardeners at every level of expertise will increase both their skills — and their enjoyment — of gardening….and of their fellow gardeners!
To launch our new adventure, we watched portions of the inspiring film, “Back to Eden”. The film documents a proven — but little-known — easy and inexpensive method of gardening fruits and vegetables that requires no water, no fertilizer, few tools and hardly any weeding. It is working well in many parts of the country – even in areas as challenging as our own! And we will have a chance to hear from local folks who’ve already done it successfully and visit with them. Ongoing, the club will offer many informational and hands-on experiences, each one timed to be immediately applicable to the gardening task at hand. We are firmly dedicated to creating “Back to Eden” gardens in Black Forest!
It will offer a Facebook group and also an e-mail/phone number list of members who have volunteered to answer questions, so that we can ask for advice whenever we are stuck and know that whoever we contact will be happy to help if they can.
It will offer lots of practical information – sent by e-mail – about such things as the varieties of fruits and vegetables that do best around here; when to plant what; how to raise seedlings or the best places to buy them; how to protect your plants from all the challenges of Black Forest weather, etc.
It will offer social experiences, from seed swaps to pot lucks. And it will offer fun, and the satisfaction of being successful at growing food you love to eat!
Emmy McAllister, Volunteer Chapter Leader
Kris Babcock, Volunteer Web Page Administrator