During World War I and World War II, the government enacted a program called Victory Gardens in which citizens were encouraged or required to grow food to help with the war effort. Since farmers were drafted and mass transportation was dedicated to the war effort, food was rationed and there was concern that production might not be able to meet demand. Front yards, rooftops, public parks, vacant lots and even schoolyard gardens were planted, resulting in 40% of food produced in the country coming from the everyday citizen.
Drawing from the history of Victory gardens, Victory Teaching Farm takes a modern day spin on the meaning of “Victory”. We see our victory as:
Increasing health and wellness
Environmental sustainability and repair
Community development and beautification
Increased access to locally grown food and the promotion and creation of a local food system