The staff at Hollygrove Market & Farm and I am sure everyone else is just as excited as we are to hear that the Obama’s will have an 1,100 sq foot garden on the south side of the White House. The article first appeared in the NY Times over a week ago and there was also a morning news segment about how everyone in the family will be “pulling weeds whether they like it or not.”

This is a smart and powerful statement to the American people, however, it is not a new idea.  Eleanore Roosevelt had her own Victory Garden on the White House. Woodrow Wilson had sheep on the White House lawn to save manpower that was required to mow the lawn. The wool from the sheep was donated to the Red Cross. Mr. & Mrs. Wilson were also role models for the rationing program where they observed ‘wheatless Mondays’ and ‘meatless Tuesdays.’ Talk about a Green President.

Victory Gardens were a part of the World War I & II era where they were known as ‘food gardens for defense.’

These ‘food gardens for defense’ were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted during a serious and strained economy. Victory Garden were also thought of as a ‘morale booster’ because of the empowerment one feels to create and maintain a garden but what is ultimately helping your country. Victory Gardens existed not only in America but in Britain, Canada, and Australia as well and there they were created to help ease the pressure on food production. Sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it?

It seems like every time you pick a newspaper or watch the news– someone, somewhere– is rethinking or simply returning to the idea of fresh local fruits and veggies. But now its goes beyond local, it’s a ‘new culinary movement,’ they call it artisinal but really it’s old school methods of food preparation. Check out what’s going in Brooklyn and it’s not just there it’s EVERYWHERE! Surprisingly and fortunately it is happening among the younger generations, namely the 25-37 age group.

As if all of the coverage of food, growing to cooking shows isn’t enough to inspire you to get your dig on then you should check out Kitchen Gardeners International to find out ‘How Much your Garden is Worth?’

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